Since my acceptance to the PA Program at Southern Illinois University I’ve been trying to balance my excitement for starting studying with the enjoyment of having spare time. Most PA students that I’ve talked to just recommend taking your last few months pre-PA for rest and vacation. They say once school starts, you’ll be so overwhelmed by the material that nothing you “pre-studied” will matter. That hasn’t stopped me from trying. I will admit I’ve been looking through PANCE study books just to try and get a sense of what I’m about to embark on.
Every couple of weeks, our Program Advisor will send us send reminders and small tasks to prepare for admission. Most recently this has included a medical supply list and required textbooks ($$$$). One of the more fun lists is of optional “pleasure” reading before classes start this summer. Of course, with that email came a warning that we wouldn’t have any time to read anything fun once the program starts. I’d like to share this list with you and if you’ve read any of these books we can discuss in the comments.
- Cutting for Stone – Abraham Verghese
- Mountains Beyond Mountains – Tracy Kidder. I don’t usually read two books at a time but I downloaded the audio book and will listen to it in the car and at the gym.
Books I’ve Read
- The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat – Oliver Sacks
- The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down – Anne Fadiman. I read this one at William & Mary in my Medicine and Culture class
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime – Mark Haddon
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot
Books Left to Read
- Dancing With Rose: Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimers – Lauren Kessler
- Expecting Adam – Martha Beck
- The Scalpel and the Silver Bear – by Lori Arviso Alvord & Elizabeth Cohen Van Pelt. This is the only book not available at the library, so I’ll probably save it for last.
- God’s Hotel – Victoria Sweet
- Kitchen Table Wisdom – Rachel Naomi Remen, MD