You start a multi-system course like physiology or pathology, and then, you get that one special professor. Instead of playing by the rules and using the course-designated textbook like Costanzo’s Physiology or Robbin’s Pathology, he wants to do his own thing. At his first lecture, he holds up a textbook that he proclaims is the best resource on respiration/nephrology/hematology, and announces that he’s been using it for the past 15 years.
You start mentally debating whether or not he could possibly be serious when he leans into the mic and whispers, like a secret, that if you want to do well on his sectional exam, everything he tests on is coming out of that little, evil textbook.
You run straight from class to the library, only to find that the lithe gunners in your class have already checked out the two copies in circulation. A cursory search through the reference holdings shows that the other panicked people in your class have also taken those. They’re doing what you were planning to do by thumbing through the book during lunch.
Terrified of falling behind, you succumb. You log onto Amazon or B&N on your smart phone, upgrade to next-day shipping, and hit “Order.”
(Not that this has ever happened to me, but obviously, it has.)
This is where Campus Book Rentals comes in. I wish that I was savvy enough to have been saving space and money by renting textbooks during my first two years of medical school, but I wasn’t. Now that I am moving out of my apartment in two months, I have a lot of very specialized, extraneous textbooks that I have to get rid of. I looked at each book for approximately 2-4 weeks, before it became irrelevant to me.
CampusBookRentals.com offers flexible rental periods, free shipping both ways, and even the option to highlight your books. They also claim to be 40-90% off of bookstore prices, so I checked this out for myself.
This is the textbook that I used for renal pathology this year. And, wouldn’t you know that yes, I did pay $45 or so for that book! A little steep, especially considering that I never looked at this book after the renal block was over, huh?
Also, Campus Book Rentals donates a portion of every rental to Operation Smile, so what’s not to love about that? As a special end of semester pick-you-up for all of the students reading, CampusBookRentals.com is giving away a $50 credit to their site.
All you have to do is leave a comment telling me what you’re studying, and for what profession (mandatory). (e.g. “I’m in medical school, because I’ve always wanted to be a pediatrician.”) You don't have to be studying anything medical, and if you're trying to win for someone else, just leave a comment telling me that. ("My son is a college student, and I want to save him $50 on books!")
You can get one additional bonus entry for each of the following (optional):
(1) Follow me on Google Friend Connect or through RSS reader. Leave a separate comment saying that you are doing so.
(2) Follow me on Twitter @RedStethoscope. (Yes, I KNOW there is nothing there yet! I am working on it! I am in the middle of finals; stop judging me!) Please leave a separate comment saying that you are doing this.
(3) Tell me a funny story about the traumas of being a student. It can be anything—the time you fell asleep in the front row and were awakened by the professor calling you out; or, the time a baby threw up on you in front of your team on an inpatient rotation. Leave a separate comment for this as well.
One winner will be chosen randomly on May 15. Good luck and study hard!