M2 Required Textbooks and Materials

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M2 Required Textbooks and Materials 2018-01-11T10:52:48+00:00

Academic Year


Textbooks & Materials are updated in green for AY2017-18 as confirmation is received.

Books can be ordered from the UIC Medical Bookstore


The UIC Medical Bookstore is located on-campus at:

Student Center West
828 South Wolcott Ave.
Chicago, IL 60612

Osmosis Prime

You have free access to Osmosis Prime, an intelligent study system that is meant to optimize how and what you study during medical school coursework. So, if you were considering purchasing other study aids, do keep it in mind.


Updates to Osmosis Prime

  • User Interface Redesign: The Osmosis interface has been completely redesigned to make it easier to navigate than ever. Check it out today, UIC Med Class of 2020!
  • Video Walk-Through: The folks at Osmosis created a 13-minute video (only 7 minutes in 2x!) of the new Osmosis system here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wAoF6UJyqc.
  • Resource Library: They recently launched a Resource Library with >1,200 concept cards that link to 1,500 pathophysiology and patient videos, reference articles, and 15,000+ flashcards. You can take targeted flashcard and multiple choice question quizzes.
  • Osmosis Videos: They have produced close to 1000 incredibly concise and clear pathophysiology videos now that the Khan Academy Medicine team is part of Osmosis; check these out in the resource libraryYouTube, or on Wikipedia.


Requirements in addition to course texts and materials:

  1. A laptop computer.  Click here for minimum and recommended hardware requirements.
  2. A dongle for your laptop which will enable you to connect to HDMI connections in the Learning Center rooms.
  3. A Poll Everywhere app (free) on your smartphone/tablet, or bookmark the browser-based (website) version on any device. Poll Everywhere is used for student responses via electronic devices during lecture or active learning sessions. If you have any difficulty in finding the app, let Max Anderson know asap. Learn more about Poll Everywhere.
  4. Foam earplugs for computer-based testing .

Clinical Microbiology & Immunology (PRCL 627)

Confirmed for 2017-18 on  4/24/17

Required Text(s):

Janeway’s Immunobiology. Murphy, K. 8th ed (2012). Garland.

Medical Microbiology. Murray, P., Rosenthal, K. & Pfaller, M. 7th (2013). Elsevier Mosby.

Clinical Pathophysiology (PRCL 641, PRCL 643)

Confirmed for 2017-18 on  5/2/17

Recommended Text:

Pathophysiology. Damjanov, I. 1st ed (2009). Saunders.

Essentials of Clinical Medicine 3-4(PRCL 645, PRCL 646)

Confirmed for 2017-18 on  5/2/17

Required Text(s):

You should already have the following books from ECM 1-2 in the M1 year:

Bates’ Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking. Bickley, L. S.9th, 10th or 11th ed. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

The Clinical Encounter. A Guide to the Medical Interview and CasePresentation. Billings, J. A. & Stoekle, J. D. Year Book Medical Publishers.  If you didn’t purchase this book in M1 year, don’t purchase it now.  In place of The Clinical Encounter, you can use the following e-book available through the library web site:
Smith’s Patient-Centered Interviewing:  An Evidence-Based Method, 3e http://accessmedicine.mhmedical.com/Book.aspx?bookid=501

Recommended Text(s):

Evidence Based Physical Diagnosis. McGee, S. (Available on reserve at UICHealth Resources Library.)

Symptom to Diagnosis. Stern, S., Cifu, A., & Altkorn, D. (Available asan e-book to UIC students, link on HealthResources Library COM webpage)

Perfect Phrases for Healthcare Professionals-Hundreds of Ready-to-Use Phrases.  Rotte, M., Lopez, B. McGraw-Hill.  (Available at the UIC Bookstore.)


Optional Text(s):

Bates’ Pocket Guide to the Physical Examination and History Taking.Bickley, L. S. 7th ed (2013).

Rapid Access Guide to the Physical Examination. Novey, D. W. 2nd ed (1998). Year Book Medical Publishers, Inc.

Other required purchases, where to purchase:

You should already have the following equipment from M1 year and is required by the start of Practicum, October 19th :

  • Short White Coat with appropriate identification/name tag – Patients must be able to easily read your name and identify you as a student.
  • Watch – with a second hand
  • Stethoscope – Dr. Kondos from the Department of Cardiology recommends a Littman Cardiology III. See detailed message below from Dr. Kondos.
  • Reflex Hammer –The Neurology Dept. recommends a dual-mallet type reflex hammer as it will allow you to illicit reflexes more readily than a tomahawk style hammer.  A Dejerine style Reflex hammer (pictured below) is highly recommended and is available in the UIC Bookstore for approximately $12.
  • Tuning Forks – (C 128) for neuro exam & Tuning Fork (C 512) for ENT exam
  • Pocket-sized notebook or Foldable clipboard from the bookstore or online – (http://www.whitecoatclipboard.com/)
  • Penlight – The cheap disposable models are adequate.


  • Diagnostic Kit (Otoscope/Ophthalmoscope Set) – This is the most expensive item that you will need to purchase and range in price from $150-$900.  Welch Allyn, ADC and Riester are different price range products that are recommended.  There are no special features required above and beyond the basic otoscope head, ophthalmoscope head, and power source instrument handle (i.e., transilluminators, nasal speculums, etc.).  Full size and pocket size are available and acceptable.  If you have not already purchased one, we recommend the pocket size model. 
    • Pocket size models: A very portable, pocket size, relatively inexpensive diagnostic set is recommended by many neurologists and Dr. Djalilian from the Opthalmology Dept.  It is Riester Ri-Mini Otoscope/Ophthalmoscope Kit , Halogen 2.5 V which runs $150-$255.

Optional Equipment:

  • Small Metric Ruler (Approximately 20 cm.)
  • Sphygmomanometer (Blood Pressure Cuff) – It is not necessary to buy this expensive instrument, as they are readily available in hospitals and clinics.

A message from George T Kondos, MD, Professor and Vice Chair of Medicine:
As you begin your Medical School training, it is very important to have a high quality stethoscope so you can differentiate between normal and abnormal  heart sounds and murmurs.  All stethoscopes are not created equal.  You will definitely hear heart sounds better with a good quality stethoscope.  A high quality stethoscope is a key component to help you develop a solid foundation in the cardiac physical exam.  Some students feel that any stethoscope is good at the beginning of their training.  I believe this is definite mistake.  I recommend the Littmann Cardiology III or Littmann Cardiology IV stethoscope as our College of Medicine’s recommendation for our medical students.  These stethoscopes stand apart from their competitors.  The Littman Cardiology III and IV has a tunable diaphragm, parallel, double tubing, and a double-sided chest piece, which allows the examination of both adult and pediatric patients.  Additionally, the purchase of a Littman Cardiology III or Cardiology IV will include access to Littmann’s new Learning Institute App which includes student learning tools for heart sounds that you can access on your mobile device. The Littmann Cardiology III will be discontinued in approximately 8 months. LIttman as a company will continue to service discontinued models for at least 8 additional years after purchase. The Littman Cardiology IV stethoscope has a few enhancements above the Littmann Cardiology III. Higher pitched sounds can be easier heard, the pediatric diaphragm is constructed a little better. The Litmann IV is about $11.00-12.00 more than the Littman Cardiology III. Bottom line you can’t go wrong with either of the Littman Cardiology Stethoscopes. If you can afford the extra cost I would purchase the LIttman Cardiology IV. There are also two tubing lengths. Either length is fine. In summary I have had the privilege of teaching our Medical Students for over 25 years.  I know what it takes to become good at listening to Heart Sounds.  A good quality stethoscope is of paramount importance.  Should you have any additional questions please feel free to contact me: email – gtkondos@uic.edu.  Good luck as you begin your journey in Medical School!
George T. Kondos, MD

General / Systemic Pathology(PRCL 626, PRCL 633)

Confirmed for 2017-18 on 4/24/17

Required Text(s):

Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease. Kumar, Abbas, Fausto, andAster, eds., 9th ed. (2014). Saunders Elsevier

(Also available as an ebook through the UIC Health Sciences Library.)

A microscope is NOT needed for the Pathology course.

Medical Pharmacology (PRCL 628, PRCL 635)

Confirmed for 2017-18 on  4/24/17

Required Text(s):

Basic and Clinical Pharmacology. 12th ed. Katzung, B., Masters, S., & Trevor, A. LANGE Basic Science.(Also available as an ebookthrough the UIC Health Sciences Library.)

Goodman & Gilman’s The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics. 12 thedition (McGraw Hill)  Laurence L. Brunton, Bruce A. Chabner, BjörnC. Knollmann, editors. (Also available as an ebook through the UIC Health Sciences Library.)

Additional suggested reading and exercises for Pharmacology:

  1. We strongly recommend Tulane University, Department of Pharmacology Interactive Quizzes as an additional learning tool.
  2. Please visit the Pharmacology Weekly website for current news and additional learning aids and also the AMSPC (Association of Medical School Pharmacology Chairs) resource pages.
  3. Katzung and Trevors  Pharmacology Examination and Board Review, 10th edition
  4. Marshal Sclafers Pre Test Pharmacology 14th edition
  5. First Aid for the USMLE Step 1, 2015

Psychiatry (PRCL 630)

Confirmed for 2017-18 on  5/1/17

Required Text(s):

Introductory Textbook of Psychiatry 6th ed. Andreasen & Black. American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.