Carnegie Mellon University

HPP Library

The goal of our library is threefold: to inform students about career options in the health professions, to provide useful resources for the application process and to inspire students with informative non-fiction literature relevant to the health professions.  A partial list of our holdings is here in PDF format.  In addition, there are many good lists of relevant books.  For example, the students and faculty members at Union College have compiled a thoughtful list of medically themed books.

If you would like to recommend a book for acquisition by our library, please send the request to

If you would like to write a short review or recommendation of a book you have found interesting, useful or inspiring, please send it to   We will be interested to consider it for addition to this page.

Here are a few suggestions:

School Guides

Medical School Admissions Requirements (Association of American Medical Colleges)
Osteopathic Medical College Information Book (American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine)
Official Guide to Dental Schools (American Dental Education Association)
Veterinary Medical School Admission Requirements (Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges)

Test Prep

The Official Guide to the MCAT Exam (Association of American Medical Colleges)

Personal Statements

Write for Success (by Bardo and Jackson)
Essays that will get you into Medical School (Barron’s)
Résumés and Personal Statements for Health Professionals (by Tysinger)

Nonfiction Literature

The Great Influenza (by Barry)
Time to Heal (by Ludmerer)
My Own Country (by Verghese)

Fiction Literature

On Doctoring (Reynolds and Stone, Eds.)

A link to the PDF of the HPP Library Holdings

Narratives in Medicine

There is a significant movement lately toward exploring the value of
narrative writing about medicine to deepen empathy, understanding of
patients and excellence in practice.  See for example: