Academic Year

2022-2023

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 Dr. 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
  6. Ensure you have downloaded Zoom. Prior to Orientation you will get access to the ‘licensed’ version of Zoom through UIC. https://uic.zoom.us.

Note that some of this information can also be found in Phase 1 Blackboard under Block 0, Module 1.

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:

For Peoria students, go here:

For Rockford students, go here:

For Class of 2026, you will receive access to this resource prior to orientation in August 2022.

Textbooks & Materials List for AY 2022-2023

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.

Topic Area Resource
Anatomy and Embryology Textbooks

Note: The textbooks below are Gold Standard* or recommended**, not required.

*Drake, R. L., Vogl, A. W., & Mitchell, A. W. M. (2020). Gray’s anatomy for students (4th ed.). Elsevier. ClinicalKey 

*Sadler, T. W.. Sadler-Redmond, S. L., Tosney, K., Byrne, J., & Imseis, H. (2019). Langman’s medical embryology (14th ed.). Wolters Kluwer. LWW Health Library – Note: The Clinical Correlation boxes are useful.

Detton, A. J., & Grant, J. C. B. (2017). Grant’s dissector (16th ed.). Wolters Kluwer. LWW Health Library

Pick one of the options from the list below – listed in order of priority from high to low (Recommended):

Rohen, J. W., Yokochi, C., & Lütjen-Drecoll, E. (2021). Photographic atlas of anatomy (9th ed.). Wolters Kluwer. LWW Health Library

Agur, A. M. R., & Dalley, A. F. (2021). Grant’s atlas of anatomy (15th ed.). Wolters Kluwer. LWW Health Library (Note: Rarely seen in Lab)

Netter, F. H. (2019). Atlas of human anatomy (7th ed.). Elsevier. 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.

Study Resources (Recommended)

**Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy. (2012). Wolters Kluwer. Access this database by first clicking here https://researchguides.uic.edu/az.php and then choose Acland from the list. You will most likely need to log in to view it using your NETID and password.

**AnatLab Online Atlas of Sectional Anatomy

Note: This online atlas developed in the anatomy department at UICOM is available for free to all COM students and faculty. It is a helpful introduction to visualizing cross-sectional anatomy as seen in CT and MR images. You will learn more about this during Block 3.

Anatomy Lab Equipment (Required)*

  • Hospital-style scrubs.
  • Full-cover shoes (e.g., athletic or leather; NO sandals or open-toed shoes). NO shorts.
  • Lab coat
  • Safety glasses
  • KN-95 mask or better
  • Laboratory gloves (latex or vinyl or nitrile – some individuals may be allergic to latex)
  • Padlock or combination lock for locker.

*Campus-specific details will be given during the lab orientation session (usually in November / December) before the beginning of Block 3 (January).

Biochemistry and Nutrition Note: The textbooks below are Gold Standard* or recommended**, not required.

**Abali, E. E., Cline, S. D., Franklin, D. S., & Viselli, S. M. (2021). Lippincott illustrated reviews: Biochemistry (8th ed.). Wolters-Kluwer. LWW Health Library

**Lieberman, M., Peet, A., & Chansky, M. (2018). Mark’s essentials of medical biochemistry: A clinical approach (5th ed). Wolters Kluwer. LWW Health Library

Brain and Behavior (includes Neuroscience, Neuroanatomy, Psychiatry, and Human Development) Note: The textbooks below are Gold Standard* or recommended**, not required.

*Purves, D. (2018). Neuroscience (6th ed.). Oxford University Press. (Print copy on reserve at all campuses).

*Black, D., & Andreasen, N. C. (2021). Introductory textbook of psychiatry (7th ed.). American Psychiatric Association Publishing. (Print copy on reserve at Chicago and Rockford campuses).

Fadem, B. (2021). Behavioral science (8th ed.). Wolters Kluwer. (Print copy on reserve at all three campuses).

Blumenfeld, H. (2022). Neuroanatomy through clinical cases (3rd ed.). Sinauer Associates. (Print copy on reserve at all three campuses).

Haines, D. E., Willis, M. A., & Lambert, H. W. (2019). Neuroanatomy atlas in clinical context: Structures, sections, systems, and syndromes (10th ed.). Wolters Kluwer. LWW Health Library

Boland, R. J., Verduin, M. L., & Ruiz, P. (2022). Kaplan & Sadock’s synopsis of psychiatry (12th ed.). Wolters Kluwer. OVID

Cell & Tissue Biology Note: The textbooks below are Gold Standard* or recommended**, not required.

*Pawlina, W., & Ross, M. H. (2020). Histology : A text and atlas, with correlated cell and molecular biology (8th ed.). Wolters Kluwer. LWW Health Library

*Mescher, A. L., & Junqueira, L. C. U. (2018). Junqueira’s basic histology: text and atlas (15th ed.). McGraw-Hill Education. Access Medicine

**Shotgun Histology

**Histology Guide

DoCS (Textbooks) Note: The textbooks below are required.

Bickley, L. S., Szilagyi, P. G., & Hoffman, R. M. (2021). Bates’ guide to physical examination and history taking (13th ed.). Wolters Kluwer. LWW Health Library

Fortin, A. H., Dwamena, F. C., Frankel, R. M., Lepisto, B. L., Smith, R. C. (2019). Smith’s patient-centered interviewing: an evidence-based method (4th ed.). McGraw-Hill Education. AccessMedicine

Stern, S. D. C., Cifu, A., & Altkorn, D. (2020). Symptom to diagnosis: An evidence-based guide (4th ed.). McGraw Hill. AccessMedicine

DoCS Equipment Note: The equipment below is required.

  • 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 in Chicago recommends a Littman Cardiology IV. See detailed message below from Dr. Kondos (specific to Chicago).
  • Reflex hammer – the Department of Neurology recommends a dual-mallet type reflex 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 Neurology physical exams (M2 year).
  • Tuning Fork (C512) will be required for ENT physical exams (M2 year)
  • 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. 

Note: The equipment below is recommended.

Diagnostic Kit (Otoscope/Ophthalmoscope Set) – we recommend the pocket-size models (M2 year).

  • A very portable, pocket size, relatively inexpensive diagnostic set is recommended by many neurologists and Dr. Djalilian from the Ophthalmology Department in Chicago.  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 Sub-theme Note: The textbooks below are Gold Standard* or recommended**, not required.

*Lo, B. (2020). Resolving ethical dilemmas: A guide for clinicians (6th ed.). Wolters Kluwer. LWW Health Library

**Beauchamp, T. L., & Childress, J. F. (2019). Principles of biomedical ethics (9th ed.). Oxford University Press. (Print copy on reserve at Chicago campus).

**Jonsen, Siegler, M., & Winslade, W. J. (2022). Clinical ethics: A practical approach to ethical decisions in clinical medicine (9th ed.). McGraw-Hill Education LLC. Access Pharmacy

**Kuhse, H., & Singer, P. (2009). A companion to bioethics (2nd ed.). Wiley-Blackwell. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781444307818. Wiley (3rd ed print copies available in Peoria and Rockford)

**Derse, A., & Schiedermayer, D. L. (2015). Practical ethics for students, interns, and residents: A short reference manual (4th ed.). University Publishing Group.. (Print copy on reserve at all three campuses).

**Matthew, D. B. (2018). Just medicine : A cure for racial inequality in American health care. New York University Press. https://doi.org/10.18574/9781479899630 Ebook Central

Health Care Systems Theme Note: The textbook below is required.

Askin, E. & Moore, N. (2014). The health care handbook: A clear and concise guide to the United States health care system (2nd ed.). Washington University in St. Louis. R2

Neuroanatomy Note: The textbook below required.

Haines, D. E., Willis, M. A., & Lambert, H. W. (2019). Neuroanatomy atlas in clinical context: Structures, sections, systems, and syndromes (10th ed.). Wolters Kluwer. LWW Health library

Genetics Note: The textbooks below are Gold Standard* or recommended**, not required.

*Nussbaum, R. L., McInnes, R. R., & Willard, H. F. (2016). Thompson & Thompson genetics in medicine (8th ed.). Elsevier. 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.

Lieberman, & Ricer, R. E. (2020). Biochemistry, molecular biology, and genetics (7th ed.). Wolters Kluwer. (Print copy on reserve in Chicago, Peoria, and Rockford).

Health Care Systems Theme Note: The textbooks and other resources below are Gold Standard* or recommended**, not required.

IHI Open School. Note: you will receive more information about this in your M1 year.

**Bodenheimer, T. & Grumbach, K. (2020). Understanding health policy: A clinical approach (8th ed.). McGraw-Hill Education LLC. Access Pharmacy

Immunology / Microbiology Note: The textbooks and other resources below are Gold Standard* or recommended**, not required.

*Goering, R. V., Dockrell, H. M., Zuckerman, M. A., Chiodini, P. L., & Mims, C. A. (2018). Mims’ medical microbiology and immunology (6th ed.). Elsevier. 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.

**Sompayrac, L. (2019). How the immune system works (6th ed.). Wiley Blackwell. EBSCOhost

*Abbas, A. K., Lichtman, A. H., Pillai, S., & Baker, D. H. (2013). Basic immunology: Functions and disorders of the immune system (6th ed.). Elsevier. ClinicalKey

**Chapel, H., Haeney, M., Misbah, S. A., & Snowden, N. (2014). Essentials of clinical immunology (6th ed.). Wiley. EBSCOhost

**Sketchy Micro Note: UICOM does not pay for student access to this product.

**Gladwin, M., Mahan, C. S., & Trattler, B. (2019). Clinical microbiology made ridiculously simple (7th ed.). MedMaster, Inc. (Print copy on reserve in Chicago, Peoria, and Rockford).

Pathology Note: The textbooks and other resources below are Gold Standard* or recommended**, not required.

*Klatt, E. C., & Robbins, S. L. (2021). Robbins and Cotran atlas of pathology (4th ed.). Elsevier. 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.

**Kumar, V., Abbas, A. K., & Aster, J. C. (2017). Robbins basic pathology. Elsevier. ClinicalKey

**Pathoma: Medical Course and Step 1 Review. Note: UICOM does not pay for student access to this product.

**Goljan, E. F. (2019). Rapid review pathology (5th ed.). Elsevier. (Print on reserve in Chicago, Peoria, and Rockford).

Pathophysiology Note: The textbook below is Gold Standard* or recommended**, not required.

*McPhee, S. J., & Hammer, G. D. (2019). Pathophysiology of disease: An introduction to clinical medicine (8th ed.). McGraw-Hill Education LLC. AccessPharmacy

Pharmacology Note: The textbooks below are Gold Standard* or recommended**, not required.

**Katzung, B. G., Kruidering-Hall, M., Tuan, R. L., Vanderah, T. W., & Trevor, A. J. (2021). Katzung & Trevor’s pharmacology: Examination & board review (13th ed.). McGraw Hill Medical. Access Medicine

**Rollins, D. E., & Blumenthal, D. K. (2016). Workbook and casebook for Goodman and Gilman’s: The pharmacological basis of therapeutics. McGraw-Hill Education LLC. Access Pharmacy

Physiology Note: The textbooks and other resources below are Gold Standard* or recommended**, not required.

Koeppen, B. M., & Stanton, B. A. (2018). Berne & Levy physiology (Koeppen & B. A. Stanton, Eds.; 7th ed.). Elsevier. 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.

Hall, J. E., & Hall, M. E. (2021). Guyton and Hall textbook of medical physiology (14th ed.). Elsevier. ClinicalKey

Costanzo, L. S. (2022). Costanzo physiology (7th ed.). Elsevier.
Clinical Key

Costanzo, L. S. (2012). Physiology: Cases and problems (4th ed.). Wolters Kluwer. 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