Academic Year

2020-2021

Physical books can be ordered from the UIC Medical Bookstore

The UIC Medical Bookstore in Chicago is located on-campus at:

Student Center West
828 South Wolcott Ave.
Chicago, IL 60612
312-413-5550
Note that Peoria and Rockford campuses do not have a brick and mortar medical bookstore.

Requirements in addition to course texts and materials:

  1. A laptop computer.  Click here for minimum and recommended hardware requirements. Note that a working webcam is required.
  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.
  5. Install a virtual private network (VPN) to access Library resources off-campus: https://answers.uillinois.edu/medicine/104607. Here is more information from the Library: https://library.uic.edu/help/article/1870/access-databases-journals-and-articles-from-off-campus

Osmosis

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 2020-2021

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: https://i-share-uic.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/discovery/search?vid=01CARLI_UIC:CARLI_UIC

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 Area Resource
Anatomy and Embryology *Gray’s Anatomy for Students (4th ed), by Drake, Vogl, and Mitchell. 2020. ClinicalKey

Note for Clinical Key per LHS staff – the first time you click on the link it might take you to a general Clinical Key page and not the textbook page. Close the tab where that page opened and click the link again.

*Langman’s Medical Embryology (14th ed) by Sadler. 2020. LWW Health Library

**Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy

**AnatLab Online Atlas of Sectional Anatomy

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

**Marks’ Essentials of Medical Biochemistry: A Clinical Approach (5th ed), by Liberman, Marks, and Peet. 2018.

Brain and Behavior (includes Neuroscience, Neuroanatomy, Psychiatry, and Human Development) *Neuroscience (6th ed), by Purves et al. 2018. (Print copy on reserve at all campuses)

*Introductory Textbook of Psychiatry (6th ed), by Andreason and Black. 2014. (Print copy on reserve at all campuses)

*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 (10th ed) by Haines. 2019. LWW Health Library

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

Cell & Tissue Biology *Histology: A Text and Atlas with Correlated Cell and Molecular Biology (8th ed), by Ross & Pawlina. 2020. 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 Ophthalmology 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 via Amazon

Note: AMSA usually 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 (6th ed), by Lo. 2020. LWW Health Library

**Principles of Biomedical Ethics (7th ed), by Beauchamp and Childress. 2013. (Print copy on reserve at Chicago and Peoria campuses).

**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. (Print copy on reserve at all three campuses).

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

Note for Clinical Key per LHS staff – the first time you click on the link it might take you to a general Clinical Key page and not the textbook page. Close the tab where that page opened and click the link again.

BRS Genetics: Board Review Series. (Print copy on reserve in Chicago and Rockford)

Health Care Systems Theme IHI Open School.

**Understanding Health Policy: A Clinical Approach (8th ed), by Bodenheimer and Grumbach. 2020. Access Medicine

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

Note for Clinical Key per LHS staff – the first time you click on the link it might take you to a general Clinical Key page and not the textbook page. Close the tab where that page opened and click the link again.

**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. EBSCOhost

**Sketchy Micro

**Clinical Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple (6th ed), by Gladwin, Trattler, and Mahan. 2016. Print copy on reserve in Rockford

Pathology *Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease (10th ed), by Kumar, Abbas, Fausto, and Aster. 2021. ClinicalKey

Note for Clinical Key per LHS staff – the first time you click on the link it might take you to a general Clinical Key page and not the textbook page. Close the tab where that page opened and click the link again.

**Robbins 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. (Print on reserve)

Pathophysiology *Pathophysiology of Disease: An Introduction to Clinical Medicine (8th ed), by Hammer and McPhee. 2019. AccessMedicine
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 Physiology (7th ed) by Koeppen and Stanton. 2018. ClinicalKey

Note for Clinical Key per LHS staff – the first time you click on the link it might take you to a general Clinical Key page and not the textbook page. Close the tab where that page opened and click the link again.

*Guyton and Hall Textbook of Medical Physiology (14th ed), by Hall. 2021. ClinicalKey

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

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

Required Resources

Topic Area Resource
Anatomy and Embryology Grant’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

Note for Clinical Key per LHS staff – the first time you click on the link it might take you to a general Clinical Key page and not the textbook page. Close the tab where that page opened and click the link again.

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 (Note: Rarely seen in Lab)

Anatomy Lab Equipment

  1. Hospital-style scrubs or old clothes with a lab coat, safety glasses, with full-cover shoes (e.g., athletic or leather; NO sandals or open-toed shoes). NO shorts.
  2. Laboratory gloves (latex or vinyl or nitrile – some individuals may be allergic to latex)
  3. Padlock or combination lock for locker.
  4. Each TBL  group will be required to purchase one copy of Grant’s Dissector (16th edition listed above) and an anatomical atlas (a used copy of Netter, Clemente, Grant’s or Thieme Dissector will suffice) that will stay in the lab.
DoCS (Textbooks) Bates’ Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking (12th ed), by Bickley. 2017. LWW Health Library

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

Symptom to Diagnosis: An Evidence-Based Guide (4th ed), by Scott D. C. Stern, Adam, S. Cifu, and Diane Altkorn. 2020. 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 elicit reflexes more readily than a tomahawk style hammer. The Department of Neurology recommends a dual-mallet type reflex hammer as it will allow you to elicit reflexes more readily than a tomahawk style hammer. An MDF® Tromner Neurological Reflex Hammer is highly recommended, and a Dejerine style is our recommended alternative.
  • 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.
  • We highly recommend that students purchase a portable manual blood pressure cuff (sphygmomanometer) for practicing vital signs.  This will be helpful for you starting in fall of your first year of medical school.  We recommend having a sturdy cuff in the range of $20-30.  Most blood pressure cuffs are sized with an average adult sized cuff- so please take this into consideration as you buy one that fits for you and the friends and family.  Here are two different types of possible blood pressure cuffs. Type 1; Type 2. Please reach out with any questions. 
Health Care Systems Theme The Health Care Handbook: A Clear and Concise Guide to the United States Healthcare System (2nd ed), by Askin and Moore. 2012.
Neuroanatomy Neuroanatomy 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