favorite books for PA school

Favorite Books for PA School

I can’t believe I am about to say this but as of 21 days from now I am going to be halfway done with the didactic portion of PA school experience.  I know.  I’m shocked too.  It seems like I was just accepted but really that was a year ago.  Then if feels like we just started the program but really that was 7 months ago.  Time flies when you’re living in chaos having fun right?


While I know this information won’t apply to all of you, I also know that some of my readers are in PA school, just started, or are about to start a program.  As a “seasoned” PA student I thought I would share my favorite books for PA school.  These are books that aren’t assigned textbooks for my program.  Instead, they are supplemental material that I have collected along my journey and have found incredibly helpful.  Hopefully you do too.


favorite books for PA school
Antibiotics Simplified – This book saved me when we were learning infectious disease in clinical medicine last quarter. There are a LOT of antibiotics and it can be hard to keep them all straight. This is a great pocket resource that would also find in your white coat.

Bates’ Pocket Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking – Bates is pretty much the started when it comes to physical assessment. While the main text is essential, I love this “baby bates” for my white coat and clinical bag. It has all the main pictures and tests in it so it’s a perfect on-the-go reference.

A Comprehensive Review For the Certification and Recertification Examinations for Physician Assistants – LOVE this book. When you’re in clinical medicine it’s often broken down by system. For example, this quarter we are doing endocrine, dermatology, hematology, and more. This book is broken down the same way. So while you’re studying for your test you also are prepping for the PANCE.

Step-Up to Medicine (Step-Up Series)3rd EDITION – Like the above book this is broken down by section and is a great study guide. I love that there are clinical pearls and ways to remember things. GREAT book and was recommended to me by friends in med school.

Clinical Pharmacology Made Ridiculously Simple – Another great resource for pharmacology. What is awesome about this book is that the drugs are already broken down into charts for you. When learning pharm making charts is pretty essential. Having them organized is awesome! I have other books in the ridiculously simple line including Clinical Pathophysiology Made Ridiculously Simple and Clinical Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple (Ed. 6)
There you have it!  My favorite books (so far) that have helped me tremendously these last couple of quarters and already helping me this quarter.


If you’re in the medical field what are your favorite supplemental books?

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6 thoughts on “Favorite Books for PA School”

  1. I liked the Bates book too when I was in acupuncture school and I still have it. I also like the Nursing Handbook for Pharmacology. It’s very simple to look drugs up and gives you all the info you need.
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