Academic Year


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

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 or tablet which will enable you to connect to HDMI connections in the Learning Center rooms.
  3. Download the 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.


All students have access to Osmosis, an intelligent study system that is meant to optimize how and what you study during medical school coursework. If you are considering purchasing other study aids, please keep it in mind, as this one is provided for you for no cost. There is a mobile app available for both Android and Apple devices.

Prime-level access to Osmosis is available! For Chicago students, go here:

Textbooks & Materials List for AY 2019-20

Most of the required and recommended textbooks listed below are available from the Library of the Health Sciences as electronic books (e-books), which means you do not have to purchase them. When possible, a link to the resource is provided. Links to specific readings for each block will be provided for you.  You are not expected to read entire textbooks! During each block, your instructors will tell you exactly what pages, chapters, etc. to read to be prepared for sessions.

Search for these titles here: or look for them here:

Items marked with one asterisk * are considered “gold standard recommended resources” – these are not a practical study resource, but are good for a deeper dive.

Items marked with two asterisks ** are considered “recommended” – students find to be good study resources or are high yield for board preparation.

Click here to go to Gold Star & Recommended Resources.

Click here to go to Required Resources.

Gold  Standard and Recommended Resources

Topic AreaResource
Anatomy and Embryology*Gray’s Anatomy for Students (4rd ed), by Drake, Vogl, and Mitchell. 2020. ClinicalKey

*Langman’s Medical Embryology (13th ed) by Sadler. 2015. LWW Health Library ;Note: 14th edition (2020) is available, but only in print as of now.

**Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy

**AnatLab Online Atlas of Sectional Anatomy

Biochemistry and Nutrition*Textbook of Biochemistry with Clinical Correlations (7th ed), by Devlin. 2010.

*Nutrition and Bariatric Surgery by Still. 2015. EBSCOhost

**Lippincott’s Illustrated Reviews – Biochemistry (7th ed), by Ferrier. 2017. LWW Health Library

**Marks’ Essentials of Medical Biochemistry: A Clinical Approach (4th ed), by Liberman, Marks, and Peet. 2013.

Brain and Behavior (includes Neuroscience, Psychiatry, and Human Development)*Neuroscience (6th ed), by Purves et al. 2018.

*Introductory Textbook of Psychiatry (6th ed), by Andreason and Black. 2014.

*Behavioral Science in Medicine (2nd ed), by Fadem. 2012. LWW Health Library

Neuroanatomy through Clinical Cases (2nd ed), by Blumfeld. 2010.

Neuroanatomy in Clinical Context: An Atlas of Structures, Sections, Systems, and Syndromes (9th ed) by Haines. 2015. LWW Health Library

Kaplan and Sadock’s Synopsis of Psychiatry: Behavioral Sciences / Clinical Psychiatry (11th ed), by Sadock and Kaplan. 2015.

Cell & Tissue Biology*Histology: A Text and Atlas with Correlated Cell and Molecular Biology (7th ed), by Ross & Pawlina. 2016. LWW Health Library

*Junqueira’s Basic Histology: Text and Atlas (15th ed), by Mescher. 2018. Access Medicine

**Blue Histology

**Shotgun Histology

**Histology Guide

DoCS (will not need diagnostic kit until Block 6)**Symptom to Diagnosis (4th ed), by Stern, Cifu, and Altkorn. 2020. Access Medicine

Diagnostic Kit (Otoscope/Ophthalmoscope Set) – we recommend the pocket-size models

  • A very portable, pocket size, relatively inexpensive diagnostic set is recommended by many neurologists and Dr. Djalilian from the Opthalmology Dept.  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.).
  • You will use this with friends and family regularly!
  • The Riester Ri-Mini Otoscope/Ophthalmoscope Kit , Halogen 2.5 V runs $150-$255, and is available on Amazon

Note: AMSA has an annual equipment sale as a service to the students as well as a fundraiser. Prices offered at the sale are generally very competitive. The sale provides the opportunity for students to see / handle all the different equipment and have their questions answered.

Ethics*Resolving Ethical Dilemmas: A Guide for Clinicians (5th ed), by Lo. 2013

**Principles of Biomedical Ethics (7th ed), by Beauchamp and Childress. 2013. ProQuest E-Book Central

**Clinical Ethics: A Practical Approach to Ethical Decisions in Clinical Medicine (8th ed), by Jonsen and Siegler. 2015 Access Pharmacy

**A Companion to Bioethics (2nd ed), by Kuhse and Singer. 2009. Wiley

**Practical Ethics for Students, Interns, and Residents: A Short Reference Manual (4th ed), by Junkerman, Schiedermayer, and Derse. 2015. LHS Reserves

Genetics*Thompson and Thompson Genetics in Medicine (8th ed), by Nussbaum, McInnes, and Willard. 2016. Clinical Key

BRS Genetics: Board Review Series

Health Care Systems Theme*The Health Care Handbook: A Clear and Concise Guide to the United States Health Care System (2nd ed), by Askin and Moore. 2012.

**Understanding Health Policy: A Clinical Approach (7th ed), by Bodenheimer and Grumbach. 2016. Access Medicine

Immunology and Microbiology*Mims’ Medical Microbiology and Immunology (6th ed), by Goering, Dockrell, Zuckerman, and Chiodini. 2019. ClinicalKey

**How the Immune System Works (5th ed), by Sompayrac. 2016. EBSCOhost

*Basic Immunology: Functions and Disorders of the Immune System (6th ed) by Abbas, Lichtman, and Pillai. 2020. ClinicalKey

**Essentials of Clinical Immunology (6th ed), by Chapel, Haeney, Misbah, and Snowden. 2014.

**Sketchy Micro

**Clinical Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple (6th ed), by Gladwin, Trattler, and Mahan. 2016.

Pathology*Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease (9th ed), by Kumar, Abbas, Fausto, and Aster. 2014. ClinicalKey

**Robbins and Cotran, Basic Pathology (10th ed), by Kumar, Abbas, Aster. 2018. ClinicalKey

**Pathoma: Medical Course and Step 1 Review. 2017.

**Rapid Review: Pathology (5th ed), by Goljan. 2019.

Pathophysiology*Pathophysiology of Disease: An Introduction to Clinical Medicine (8th ed), by Hammer and McPhee. 2019.
Pharmacology*Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (14th ed)., by Katzung and Trevor. 2018. Access Pharmacy

**Katzung and Trevor’s Pharmacology Examination and Board Review (12th ed). 2019. Access Medicine

**Workbook and Casebook for Goodman and Gilman’s Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics (1st ed). 2016. Access Pharmacy

Physiology*Berne and Levy Human Physiology (7th ed) by Koeppen and Stanton. 2018. ClinicalKey

*Guyton and Hall Textbook of Medical Physiology (13th ed), by Hall. 2016. Clinical Key

**Physiology (6th ed), by Costanzo. 2018. Clinical Key

**BRS Physiology Cases and Problems (4th ed), by Costanzo. 2012. LWW Health Library

Required Resources

Topic AreaResource
Anatomy and EmbryologyGrant’s Dissector (16th ed), by Detton. 2017. LWW Health Library

Pick one of the options from the list below:

Atlas of Human Anatomy (7th ed), by Netter. 2019. ClinicalKey

Atlas of Anatomy (3rd ed), by Gilroy. 2016.

Color Atlas of Anatomy (7th ed), by Rohen et al. 2011.

Grant’s Atlas of Anatomy (14th ed), by Agur and Dalley. 2017. LWW Health Library

DoCS (Textbooks)Bates’ Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking (11th ed), by Bickley. 2013. LWW Health Library

Smith’s Patient-Centered Interviewing: An Evidence-Based Method (4th ed), by Fortin. 2019. AccessMedicine

DoCS Equipment
  • Short White Coat with name embroidered legibly on coat or appropriate name tag. Patients must be able to easily read your name and identify you as a student.
  • Watch with a second hand.
  • Penlight.
  • Stethoscope – Dr. Kondos from the Department of Cardiology recommends a Littman Cardiology III or Cardiology IV. See detailed message below from Dr. Kondos.
  • Reflex hammer – the Department of Neurology recommends a dual-mallet type reflex hammer as it will allow you to illicit reflexes more readily than a tomahawk stle hammer. A Dejerine style reflex hammer is highly recommended.
  • Tuning Fork (C 128) will be required for neuro workshop.
  • Tuning Fork (C512) will be required for ENT workshop.
  • Pocket-sized notebook or foldable clipboard from the bookstore or online.
Health Care Systems ThemeIHI Open School
NeuroanatomyNeuroanatomy in Clinical Context An Atlas of Structures, Sections, Systems, and Syndromes (9th ed) by Haines. 2014. LWW Health library

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 was discontinued during 16-17 academic year. However, 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 Littmann 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 – [email protected].  Good luck as you begin your journey in Medical School!

George T. Kondos, MD