Medical Student Core: Microbiology & Infectious Disease

This Core book clearly explains all the relevant material you need to learn about Microbiology and Infectious Disease in medical school. From basic science to clinical knowledge, our casual and concise content makes learning medicine easier.

The Medical Student Core is sold primarily as a full set of 20 books. This book will cross-reference other books in the set.  

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  • 168-page Microbiology and Infectious Disease textbook, carefully created according to the USMLE content outline
  • Hundreds of microbiology and infectious disease Preview|Review Questions
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Medical Student Core: Microbiology & Infectious Disease
Medical Student Core: Microbiology & Infectious Disease

Peek inside the Microbiology section

Master the most difficult med school courses

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21 USMLE exam topics

Review every microbiology and infectious disease topic for USMLE exams

Written in our trademark style—casual yet concise. Exactly what a medical student is expected to know about microbiology and infectious disease.

Great for classwork and perfect for exams

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300+ Preview | Review questions

Quiz yourself on the most-tested material

Questions appear at the beginning of each main topic to prime your brain for the concepts you'll be learning. Find answers highlighted in the text.

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Medical images & figures

Visualize complicated concepts

Explanations are further clarified with medical images and exquisitely drawn figures

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Clinical pearls

Easily apply basic science to clinical scenarios

Throughout the text, discover how basic science concepts are applied clinically.

FAQs about Microbiology in med school

Is microbiology hard in medical school?

Many medical students consider Microbiology one of the most difficult courses in medical school.

Medical microbiology encompasses a vast number of organisms, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. For each microorganism, students need to learn about its structure, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, diagnostics, treatments, and prevention. The sheer amount of information can be overwhelming.

Medical students need to be able to apply their basic science knowledge of microbiology to clinical scenarios. Understanding how a microorganism's biology translates into clinical symptoms, diagnostic tests, and treatment strategies is essential.

Microbiology knowledge is foundational for other med school subjects. For example, when you get to pharmacology, you'll use microbiology knowledge when selecting appropriate treatments, and in pathology you'll use it to understand the tissue response to infections.

How to study for microbiology in med school?

Because there is so much to memorize in Microbiology, it requires a strategic study approach. Try starting with the big picture: Understand the broad categories first: bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites. Know the basic structure, reproduction, and general mechanisms of pathogenicity for each category.

Consider this book your microbiology study guide! This microbiology textbook "chunks" up the information by topic, and then by subtopic, to make it easier for you to learn and memorize.

For example, the Parasites section begins with an overview, then splits parasites into protozoa and helminths. Helminths are split into cestodes, trematodes, and nematodes. Then we go into the oncogenesis and antiparasitic agents for parasites.

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Master every med school subject

The Core set of books comprehensively presents and clearly explains the material you’re expected to learn in med school—and makes learning it easier.

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Covers every Microbiology and Infectious Disease subtopic you learn in med school

  • Microbiology

    • Bacteria
    • Viruses
    • Fungi
    • Parasites
    • Prions
    • Stains and special culture requirements
  • Infectious Disease

    • Pediatric Infectious Disease
    • Staphylococcus Aureus
    • Staphylococcus epidermis
    • Streptococcus
    • Other important Gram-Positives
    • Important Gram-Negatives
    • Tickborne Diseases
    • Uncommon Bacterial Infections
  • Infectious Disease (continued)

    • Sexually Transmitted Infections
    • Tuberculosis
    • Viral Infections
    • Fungal Disorders
    • Parasitic Diseases
    • Prion Disease
    • Fever of Unknown Origin (FUO) and Fever Without a Source (FWS)

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Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Sarah French

I loved the Student Core books! They were easily digestible and broken down by subject, which made it easier to take just one book with me each day, instead of lugging around a 700-page medical book. It also made it easier to look up topics, I’d just pull the book I needed and go.

Sarah French

I love that what would be a chapter in another medical textbook is it’s own small book, so I could take just the booklet that I needed on the go.

Mark Corkins, MD

What makes this product valuable for medical students is that you have some of the very best experts, folks teach for a living, and who've taken all that experience about what's important and distilled it down into one volume. Really, every piece of information in the Student Core is golden.

Ellen Scholnicoff, MD

The student products are not mere lists of facts. These are true review textbooks written with the purpose of ensuring students truly understand and enjoy learning the high-yield information they contain.