Books for First Semester of Basic Sciences

I’ll be honest with you and tell you that you DO NOT need all the books for the basic sciences.  Every book the school recommends you to get are available in digital format (pdf version) from other students on the island.  But if you require to buy books then you can do so from senior students who have them here; they usually sell their books for $20/book.  On the other hand if you are like I was, better to be safe than sorry, then buy all the books for MD1 from USA/Canada.  Sometimes all the books will be sold out but the teachers don’t follow the books instead, the books are used as a supplement.  I have the names of the books and the link to to purchase them.  I took the time after a test to organize them and write this post so it’ll be easy for you to look through which books you need.  Also, if you do decide to buy books from then please purchase them through the links I provided here because then I’ll gain commission.  Anyways the list below provides the names of books and the asterisk next to the names indicates that I recommend you get.

The classes you’ll be taking are Histology, Medical Ethics, Human Gross Anatomy, and Embryology. 

Basic Histology: Text & Atlas

Gross Anatomy
Clinically Oriented Anatomy, Sixth Edition*
Atlas of Human Anatomy, 4th Edition*
Grant’s Dissector (Tank, Grant’s Dissector)

Medical and Legal Ethics
Clinical Ethics: A Practical Approach to Ethical Decisions in Clinical Medicine, Sixth Edition

The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access

Board Review Series
BRS Gross Anatomy (Board Review Series)*   
BRS Cell Biology and Histology (Board Review Series)
BRS Embryology (Board Review Series)

USMLE Step 1
First Aid for the USMLE Step 1, 2010 (First Aid USMLE)*

2 thoughts on “Books for First Semester of Basic Sciences”

  1. Would buying the txtbooks at Bonaire bookstore be more expensive than buying it in Canada/ US?

    and also… the acceptance packet says we need to get the following ( do we really to to get all?):

    Dissection kits
    tuning forks
    snellen pocket chart
    bell& diaphram sethoscope
    precussion hammer
    skin calipers and tape

  2. There are no bookstore to buy books from in Bonaire. You have to buy them in US/Canada or buy them from other students. Most students will have the books you want here on the island. I recommend you buy them from students here if you want books. What I do is print out the notes and study from them. The notes are as thick as the books.

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