Textbooks & Materials List

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://vufind.carli.illinois.edu/vf-uic/ or look for them here: http://researchguides.uic.edu/lhs_medicine_hub/booklist_Phase1

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.

Gold Standard and Recommended Resources

Topic Area


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

BRS Genetics: Board Review Series.

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

**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

**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

*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


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

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 lab coat
  • Watch with a second hand.
  • Penlight
  • Stethoscope
  • Tromner reflex hammer
  • 128 Hz tuning fork
  • 512 Hz tuning fork
  • Eye chart (handheld)
  • Tape measure

Recommended Equipment

  • Blood pressure cuff (strongly recommended; adult size large; $10-$20 on Amazon)
  • Diagnostic kit (ophthalmoscope and otoscope)
  • Medical bag/backpack
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