For prospective students
Chest and heart anatomy. Credit: Patrick J. Lynch
We advise you to read the Medicine page thoroughly. For reading and preparation information the following sections should be particularly useful:
- Student perspectives
- Applying to study Medicine
- What are we looking for?
- Reading, resources and events
For offer holders
Please read the following information before you arrive in Cambridge:
- The Medical Students' Handbook: The first two years (a hard copy will be sent to you the September before you start at King's)
- The above handbook contains a copy of the University's Code of Conduct for student doctors. You should read this and the GMC and Medical Schools Council booklet: Medical students: professional values and fitness to practice. On the first day of your course, you will be asked to sign a declaration, the Medical Student Register Agreement, stating that you have read these documents and agree to abide by the conditions set out in them.
- Your first few weeks in Cambridge will be easier if you are familiar with the Key Science Concepts
- If you did not study Biology, we recommend that you do some preliminary reading to ensure that you know some basic cell biology.
The Director of Studies in Medicine recommends the following books to read:
- G. J Tortora and B.H. Derrickson, Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology: International Student Version (John Wiley & Sons, 2009) or E. N. Marieb, Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology (Pearson, 2008)
- B. Alberts, D. Bray, K. Hopkin & A. Johnson, Essential Cell Biology (Garland, 2009)
- S. Nuland, How we live (Vintage, 1998)
- S. Nuland, How we die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter (Vintage, 1995)
- S. Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer (Schribner, 2011)
- A. Gawande, The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right (Profile Books, 2010)
- Department of Medicine website and course website
- Undergraduate teaching (course details in the menu on the left)
- Part IA Courses - there is a reading list for IA Physiology of Organisms.