Reading List for Mini Medical Students
Websites For No-Nonsense, Won't Try To Sell You Something, Mostly Truthful Information
Sponsored by US Department of Health and Human Services. Offers quick links to 1600 health topics. Non-biased information. Also “health news” section, guide to local services, and personal health tools and risk calculators.
Maintained by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health. Easy to navigate, abundant with unbiased information. Superb in how it grades the weight of scientific evidence supporting various claims. Why can’t the rest of the federal government be as straightforward as this highly informative site?
Has a substantial directory of disease topics, sections on tests and procedures, symptoms, drugs.
Not a great deal of depth on any topic, but a quick and easy to navigate.
Extremely reliable and accurate information, kept very up to date. Provides a condensed version of articles on broad range of topics. Access to the professional level (much more sophisticated discussion) can be purchased for $20 for one week access or $45 for one month.
The electronic home edition of the Merck Manual. While not “up to the minute” current on new thinking and treatments, it is nonetheless a well-written general medical textbook covering bread-and-butter basics. Print version has been a staple on doctors’ shelves for decades – amazing to see it free on-line. Good section on older adult health.
Health website maintained by Consumer Reports Magazine. It appears like you need to subscribe, but actually offers some quality information free if you dig here.
Great organization, great site. Here is what you must know about heart, blood pressure, cholesterol, stroke, peripheral artery disease, diabetes. A trove of information.
Website of the American College of Physicians (internal medicine physicians). The site looks as if it is only for physicians. Persevere! Click on “Patients and Families” (button on top right of screen). Excellent patient education videos and free downloadable brochures.
Our Favorite Subscription Health Letters For Mini Med Students
These excellent health letters do not accept advertisers, and offer evidence-based health information. Some will share subscriber names with other legitimate institutions and organizations. To avoid receiving solicitations for other health periodicals, books, and “white papers”, be sure to opt out of such sharing when you subscribe.
Scientific American Health After 50
Previously the Johns Hopkins Medical Letter: Health after 50, this is a high quality approximately 8 page health letter presenting information at about the level of sophistication of our Mini Medical School. This new iteration is not the standout quality of its predecessor, but at just $15 for the first year’s subscription, it is an easy recommendation. Order at HealthAfter50.com.
UC Berkeley Wellness Letter
Around since 1984, and considered by many to be the best quality health letter out there (ranked tops by US News and World Report, Washington Post, Money Magazine). It is very good, worth the $24/year (if subscribe through website)
Order at wellnessletter.com (click on “shop”). Note some excellent health reports and books are also available on the site.
Harvard Health Letter
Widely respected eight page letter, and a worthy read. At $16/year for print version or $15/year for on-line viewing only. HHL also produces focused health letters on women’s health, men’s health, and heart health.
Order at health.harvard.edu
Mayo Clinic Health Letter
$24/year. Accurate, reliable, timely (they have less than 1% subscriber cancellation rate). Subscribers get three bonus in-depth reports per year (topics such as Alzheimer’s disease, hearing loss). Order at healthletter.mayoclinic.com
Focus on Healthy Aging (from Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, NYC
Focus on Healthy Aging (from Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, NYC) For a credible source of information on maintaining health with aging, take note that Mt. Sinai was the first department of geriatrics in the United States. It was a Mt. Sinai physician who coined the term “geriatrics” and wrote the first textbook on the subject. Eight pages of useable information. Monthly. First twelve issues are $20. Sample articles on their website: www.focusonhealthyaging.com
Healthy Years (UCLA Division of Geriatrics)
UCLA has established itself as a premier training ground in geriatrics, and is on the vanguard of older adult clinical care and research. This health letter includes a page of news briefs and a well written Question and Answer section. $39/year. (Healthy Years is $20 for first year.) Order at www.healthy-years.com/cs
Information packed, fairly sophisticated level of writing. Duke physicians weigh in on current medical headlines. Straight talk, little “fluff”—just what you would expect from Duke Medicine. Order at www.healthnewswebsite.com. $20 for first year (monthly)
Best Way To Get Into Medical School Free
“Aging and Medical Science: A Mini Medical School to Prepare for Life’s Second Half”
UC Davis’ nationally-acclaimed “medical school for rest of us.”
Over 6000 graduates from this tuition-free program since 2002. 12 hours of classes taught by UC Davis School of Medicine faculty over six Saturday mornings each February and March. Curriculum is presented at the level of a first or second year medical student. Learn how the human body ages from head to toe, and the science of staying well. Interactive Q&A sessions with the faculty.
Classes are held on the main UC Davis campus in the Sciences Lecture Hall starting on the first Saturday morning each February. Enrollment of the 520 students is early each November (date is announced on this website), and students must commit to attending all six Saturday mornings.