Professional Resources for Studying Medicine

Instructor: Leah Salyer
Medical school can be overwhelming, time consuming and hard to navigate. Read on to learn more about available resources that will help you in your studies.

Medical Libraries

When studying medicine, it is important to have access to appropriate and helpful medical resources. Medical libraries are a great way to access a variety of medical information very quickly without having to spend an excessive amount of time searching. These medical libraries allow you to have access to medical journals, texts, current news, blogs and other possible resources. Some examples of medical libraries that offer a wide variety of resources are included below:

  • Welch Medical Libraries: This site is primarily meant for students of Johns Hopkins University. However, it does have a built-in search engine that allows you to search online medical journals as well as an option for finding links related to topics like grants, funding and alternative medicine.
  • MedBioWorld: This site allows students to research professional medical news, reference tools, and career information. You will also find that you can access medical journals and a well-known genomics blog.

Online Study Resources

Online study materials can be extremely beneficial for medical students. You can gain access to academic papers and courses that will greatly benefit your study plans. Some examples are as follows:

  • Case Based Pediatrics for Medical Students and Residents: This is a text created specifically for medical students by the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine. It can be accessed online and focuses on pediatrics.
  • Medexam: This software resource is fantastic for undergraduate medical students. It is a well-rounded resource offering exam questions and answers in great detail. It's also frequently updated so you know that the information you are accessing and studying is valid and current.

Search Engines

As a medical student, you will be researching constantly. Having access to valid websites that you know you can trust to provide accurate and current information is essential. A short list is included for you below.

  • Healthline: This website allows you to search or to browse the site and automatically searches through some of the top health websites on the internet. This can lower the amount of time you're searching for valid sources making it a valuable resource.
  • Journal Watch: This site has a variety of medical specialties and topics to choose from. You may choose the specialty which best applies to your research and access medical journals within that specialty. It also provides updates for you every day that will arrive by email.

Sites Just for Medical Students

As a medical student, you may wish to connect with others in your field experiencing the same daily triumphs and struggles as you are. You may also wish to have access to information all in one place that will help you make the difficult decisions about which medical school to attend, where to conduct your residency or what programs are best for the field in which you wish to specialize. Some resources offering these benefits are outlined below.

  • Association of American Medical Colleges: This site is a fantastic resource for medical students who are preparing for medical careers and needing guidance. It will help you gather information about a medical career in general, as well as provide information on a residency.
  • Studentdoc: Studentdoc is a great site to access when looking for help on choosing a medical school or when you need help with any medical topics. It also includes forums where you may connect with other students looking for support.

Reference Resources also offers excellent resources for medical students. With video lessons, interactive quizzes, and comprehensive exams on a variety of materials, you can prepare for the MCAT, brush up on medical terms, and get more information on medical careers. A list of possible courses and lessons is listed below.

Medical Terminology



Hippocratic Oath

Patient Rights and Treatment

Primary Care Physician

Medical Technology

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