Loyola University Maryland

Pre-Health Programs

Tutor and Read

Tutor at the Study

Tutoring and mentoring are excellent ways to show your leadership. At the Study, you can apply to become a certified tutor and earn a stipend – and teaching will help you to deepen your own mastery of natural sciences and math.

Read a Book

Reading a good non-fiction or fiction book is an excellent way to learn about illness and health, bioethics, health care, practice of medicine, and challenges facing global health. You can travel to American hospitals and neighborhoods – and around the world – on the wings of a good book. As an informed reader, you will have the tools to participate in conversations that shape the future of health care.

Here are some pre-health book recommendations:

Jean-Dominique Bauby: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death (2008)
Anne Fadiman: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collison of Two Cultures (1997)
Atul Gawande: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End (2014)
Atul Gawande: The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right (2009)
David Fajgenbaum: Chasing My Cure: A Doctor’s Race to Turn Hope into Action (2019)
Jerome Groopman: How Doctors Think (2008)
Jerome Groopman: The Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail in the Face of Illness (2003)
Mary Otto: Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America (2016) 
Michael Collins: Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs: The Making of a Surgeon (2009)
Mona Hanna-Attisha: What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City (2018)
Paul Kalanithi: When Breath Becomes Air: What Makes Life Worth Living in the Face of Death (2016)
Theresa Brown: Critical Care: A New Nurse Faces Death, Life, and Everything in Between (2010)
Theresa Brown: The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients’ Lives (2015)
Tracy Kidder: Mountains Beyond Mountains: A Quest for Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World (2003)
Siddhartha Mukherjee: The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer (2010)
Rebecca Skloot: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2010)
Damon Tweedy: Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine (2015)
Abraham Vergese: Cutting for Stone: A Novel (2009)

Cailin Cruess
Students

Cailin

Cailin's experiences with Loyola’s biology department, dedicated professors, and her involvement in the Pre-Health Society have prepared her for her medical career

Biology, Chemistry