Most students didn’t buy a textbook. The professor’s notes are sufficient for the exam.  The embryology text has good pictures and can be helpful in understanding the tougher concepts.  Check to see if your MS2 mentor has the textbook that you could borrow for the one week block.

Gross Anatomy

Dr. Dave is unlike any professor you have had in the past or will likely encounter in your post-anatomy lives. He knows what he’s doing though, so ask questions and discuss any issues with him as early as possible. Grant’s Atlas and Finese’s Pocket Atlas of Human Anatomy were seen as musts. Case studies were taken from Lachmann’s Case Studies.  Check to see if your MS2 mentor has the case study book.  There is also a copy in the medical library or you can share it among classmates. The recommended text was also useful. Some students used BRS Anatomy. The Michigan anatomy website has fantastic practice exams. Make sure you can answer all related questions on the site before Dr. Dave’s exams.


You do not need to buy a textbook for this course. The book is a good reference, but is not used much. In the past, the tests have been from the professor’s extensive notes. If you already have a good undergrad biochemistry text, that ought to be enough. Many students recommended getting a board review book (such as Lippencott’s Biochemistry). Dr. McKee’s lecture notes are VERY detailed and most students found that they did the best by studying his powerpoints religiously and reviewing the lecture notes when necessary.


Most students did not buy the textbook for this course.  Most of the exam material came from the professor’s notes, and she provides an excellent website that has an extensive collection of histological slides.  If you choose to buy an atlas, Wheater’s Atlas and Di Fiore’s Atlas of Normal Histology are the most popular.


The most useful resource was the professor’s extremely detailed and well-organized note sets. One recommended textbook was Concise Text of Neuroscience (written by a former instructor). For the laboratory portion and practical exams, an atlas such as Haines’ Neuroanatomy is a must.  BRS Neuroscience and High Yield Neuroanatomy were popular review books.


The main text was not used by most students since the tests were from class material. The book is expensive, very detailed, and not especially clinical. The BRS board review book was very helpful in this course. There is also a BRS case studies book that a few students found helpful and would be a good option for sharing with classmates. A good reference text is Medical Physiology by Guyton.


The professor-recommended Immunobiology text is good but not required. The Immunobiology case studies book is fantastic and is required for the course. Most students appreciated a somewhat condensed version of this book called The Immune System by Peter Parham.

For microbiology, a good board review book may be more useful than the recommended Medical Microbiology text. A good option is Lippencott’s Illustrated Reviews Microbiology. Get Clinical Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple. Board review books are highly recommended for both.

Introduction to Clinical Medicine

You do not need to buy any of the texts for this class. If you want to read the books, look for them in the library.

Behavioral Science

A note packet is provided by the instructor.



Hesburgh Library and the Saint Mary’s College Library are popular locations to study. The new Coleman center is also a quiet place with free soda and snacks. For lunch breaks, students recommend LaFortune, which has a vast array of fast food, and the Huddle. Other on-campus restaurants include Reckers and Greenfields.

Other Advice


If possible, check with MS2’s before buying books. Often times they may have the book they are willing to sell/loan or they may recommend an alternative book that is better than the required one. In many cases they may be willing to let you borrow their books so you can make an informed decision when buying texts.

Some like to buy board review books to supplement their class notes. MS2’s can usually recommend ones they found useful.

Other Advice

Drink coffee for Dr. McKee’s Biochemistry.

Bring a photocopy of your immunizations and health records with you to Notre Dame campus (copy the required IUSOM form). Often, there is confusion by the ND Infirmary about the medical student’s status (as an IU student) and it attempts to put a hold on the student account because of a lack of records.

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