Medicine, Nursing, and Other Health Fields
Pre-health at Hopkins
This office's health professionals provide advising for anyone planning a career in a health field, as well as information about volunteer and medical experience opportunities, and more.
Pre-Professional Advising can be reached during normal business hours (Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.).
- Students may also feel free to contact pre-professional advisors directly via email
JHU has several outstanding health-related student groups.
- Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) is the national Health Pre-professional Honor Society, for which JHU has a chapter. AED is one of the groups which sponsors the Conversations in Medicine (CiM) speaker series.
- The Women's Pre-health Leadership Society (WPHLS), the co-sponsor of CiM, offers mentoring, networking, community service opportunities, and support to undergraduate women who are interested in the health professions.
- The JUMP (Johns Hopkins Underrepresented in Medical Professions) program offers a newsletter and other resources. ["Underrepresented" is defined as minorities, low-income, first-generation students, students with disabilities, populations under-represented in various disciplines, and/or GLBTQ students enrolled at JHU.]
Recommended -- By Topic (Lists are alphabetical by title)
These essays, columns, books, videos, and readings include stories by and about health practitioners, from their years as students, interns, residents, and practicing doctors and nurses.
- Patients speak out as well; please honor them by learning from their experiences.
- Don’t avoid a book just because it’s older -- not too long ago, health professionals had to be able to diagnose without depending on a lot of instrumentation. Read about how they developed the instincts to do that; you'll need this skill every day of your professional life.
Becoming Dr. Q: My Journey from Migrant Farm Worker to Brain Surgeon (2011) [print book]
Intern: a Doctor’s Initiation (2009) [print book]
Pact, The: Three Young Men Make A Promise and Fulfill A Dream (2002) [ebook]
Resident On Call: a Doctor's Reflections on His First Years at Mass General (2014) [ebook]
Annals Story Slam (Annals of Internal Medicine) -- Videos
Another Day in the Frontal Lobe: A Brain Surgeon Exposes Life on the Inside (2006) [print book]
Being a Woman Surgeon (2015) [print book]
Being mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End (2014) [ebook]
Black Man in a White Coat: a Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine (2015) [print book]
Every Patient Tells a Story: Medical Mysteries and the Art of Diagnosis (2009) [print book]
Lisa Sanders (technical advisor for the TV show House)
"Fighting" Disease is the Wrong Metaphor (2019) [online column]
Sunita Puri [author of That Good Night: Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour, 2020]
Helping Doctors Connect with Patients through Art (2019) [short online JHU article]
I Wasn't Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse (2013) [print and ebook]
In the Kingdom of the Sick: a Social History of Chronic Illness in America (2013) [print book]
Incidental Findings: Lessons from My Patients in the Art of Medicine (2005) [ebook and print book]
Language of Kindness, The: A Nurse's Story (2019) [audiobook; mp3] (here are other access options)
Life Before Death (July 2019) [online interview]
Sunita Puri (author of That Good Night: Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour, 2020)
Making Sense of Medicine: Bridging the Gap Between Doctor Guidelines and Patient Preferences (2016) [print book]
Zackary Berger (JHU doctor)
Pursuing Equity in Medicine: One Woman's Journey (2016) [print book]
Singular Intimacies: Becoming a Doctor at Bellevue (2003) [print book and ebook]
Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, The: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures (1997) [print book]
What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine (2013) [print book]
After Harm: Medical Error and the Ethics of Forgiveness (2005) [book]
Bad Blood: the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment (1993) [book]
Contemporary Controversies in Catholic Bioethics (2017) [ebook]
Jason Ebert, ed.
Contemporary Issues in Bioethics (2014, 8th ed.) [textbook]
Tom Beauchamp et al.
Engaging Bioethics: an Introduction with Case Studies (2017) [ebook]
Essential Readings in Medicine and Religion (2017) [book]
G. Ferngren and E. Lomperis
Ethical Considerations of Experimental Interventions in the Ebola Outbreak (2014) [article]
Annette Rid and Ezekiel Emanuel
Letting Go (2010) [article]
Medical Ethics: Accounts Of Ground-breaking Cases (2015) [book]
Gregory E. Pence
New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) [short articles about medical ethics]
Nursing Ethics: Concepts, Trends, and Practices (2013) [ebook]
Offering Truth: One Ethical Approach To the Uninformed Cancer Patient (1993) [article]
Religious Perspectives on Bioethics and Human Rights (2017) [ebook]
Joseph Tamm et al., eds.
Tough Decisions: Cases in Medical Ethics, 2nd ed. (2001) [book]
John M. Freeman
Tracks We Leave, The: Ethics & Management Dilemmas in Healthcare (2014) [book]
Why Doctors Should Read Fiction (2018) [magazine article]
Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (2017) [review article]
P. Hamet and J. Tremblay
Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Healthcare (2012) [print and e-book]
Here Is a Human Being: At the Dawn of Personal Genomics (2010) [book]
BorrowDirect or ILL
Language of Life, The: DNA and the Revolution in Personalized Medicine (2010) [book]
Dr. Francis Collins (director of the National Institutes of Health [NIH])
Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won't Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care (2012) [book]
Marty Makary (co-developer of “checklist” in Gawunde’s 2010 book)
Chiropractic In America: The History of a Medical Alternative (1993) [book]
Doctors: the Biography of Medicine (1988) [book]
Sherwin B. Nuland
Doctors in the Movies: Boil the Water and Just Say Aah (2000) [book]
Peter Dans (doctor at Johns Hopkins Hospital)
Flexible Bodies: Tracking Immunity in American Culture from the Days of Polio to the Age of AIDS (1994) [book]
Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (1990) [book]
Ben Carson (former JHU pediatric neurosurgeon)
Goldberger’s War: the Life and Work of a Public Health Crusader (2003) [book]
Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2010) [book]
Joycelyn Elders, M.D., From Sharecropper's Daughter to Surgeon General of the USA (1996) [book]
Living In The Shadow Of Death: Tuberculosis and the Social Experience of Illness in American History (1994) [book]
Medical Apartheid: the Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present (2006) [book]
Medical Messiahs, A Social History Of Health Quackery In Twentieth-Century America (1992; expanded from 1967) [book]
Morehouse Mystique, The: Becoming a Doctor at the Nation's Newest African American Medical School (2012) [book]
Mountains Beyond Mountains: One Doctor's Quest to Heal the World (2003) [print and ebook]
Time To Heal: American Medical Education from the Turn of the Century to the Era of Managed Care (1999) [print and ebook]
Two Hundred Years of Surgery (2012) [online article]
County: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago's Public Hospital (2012) [e-book]
Hopkins 24/7 (ABC News, 2000) [documentary] -- "Groundbreaking six-part... series filmed at Johns Hopkins Hospital... over a three-month period. The series graphically depicts modern medicine as practiced at the hospital... Each broadcast consists of a series of interwoven stories featuring staff and patients, their triumphs, tragedies and everyday routines."
Hopkins: inside one of America's top hospitals (2008) [documentary] -- This sequel to "Hopkins 24/7" focuses on young physicians in training at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
A Hospital Never Sleeps (1952) - Originally broadcast in 1952, this is a film documenting what the Johns Hopkins Hospital ER was like.
Something for the Pain: Compassion and Burnout in the ER (2009) [book]
BorrowDirect or ILL
Something the Lord Made (HBO, 2004) -- Filmed at Hopkins, this is the dramatic true story of Dr. Alfred Blalock (Alan Rickman) and African-American lab technician Vivien Thomas (Mos Def), who developed a procedure for performing heart surgery on "blue babies" in the 1940s.
Taking Care Of Our Own: A Year In The Life Of A Small Hospital (1994) [book]
Autobiography of a Face (2003) [book]
Blindsided: Lifting a Life Above Illness: A Reluctant Memoir (2005) [book]
Richard Cohen (the husband of TV news correspondent Meredith Viera)
Darkness Visible: A Memoir Of Madness (1992) [print and e-book, but hard to read online]
William Styron (author of Sophie’s Choice)
Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The: A Memoir of Life in Death (1997) [book]
Le scaphandre et le papillon (2008) [film; English or English subtitles]
Drinking, A Love Story (1996) [book]
Inspired to Change: Improving Patient Care One Story at a Time (2014) [book]
Linda R. Larin, ed.
Living with Cancer: Curses and Blessings (New York Times, July 16, 2015) [article]
My Year Off: Rediscovering Life After A Stroke (1998) [book]
BorrowDirect or ILL
Noonday Demon, The: an Atlas of Depression (2001) [book]
Stories of Illness and Healing: Women Write Their Bodies (2007) [ebook and print book]
Sayantani DasGupta and Marsha Hurst, eds.
Tuesdays with Morrie (1997) [ebook and print book]
Death of the Good Doctor: Lessons from the Heart of the AIDS Epidemic (1999) [print book]
In pain: a bioethicist's personal struggle with opioids (2019) [print book]
Travis Rieder, PhD (JHU bioethicist)