Medical Students: FAQs

What do I need to purchase this year and when will I start using this equipment?
The Introduction to Clinical Medicine class requires that you bring a diagnostic set, stethoscope, sphygmomanometer and neurology kit.
Why should I purchase now?
Your first year financial aid includes an allowance for this equipment purchased at the sale prices. You will start using the equipment in the winter quarter. Those working on ISP or NIH research projects will start in the summer. Those of you who will be volunteering in the Free Clinic will need your equipment right away.
Can I try out the equipment first?
Yes. We encourage you to listen to the stethoscopes and handle the diagnostic equipment to decide what best meets your needs and personal preferences. Come to the Instruments Counter as often as you like during the sale, until you feel comfortable making a decision. All Medical Instrument Staff is trained in the specialized knowledge needed to answer your questions.
What are the Repair / Loaner Programs?
In the event that your equipment breaks or malfunctions, we will either repair it or send it to the manufacturer to have it repaired. In the meantime, we will lend you one of ours! The program lasts the entire four years you are in medical school, so you’ll never have to worry about being without your instruments. The Repair / Loaner program only applies to Littmann and Welch Allyn equipment purchased during the Instrument Sale at the Bookstore, and it does not cover theft or lost parts. This service is unique to the UCSD Bookstore and not available with on-line vendors.
How many can I buy?
Because supplies are limited at these prices, purchases are limited to one set per customer, a set being one stethoscope, one diagnostic set, one sphygmomanometer, and one neurology kit.
What is a Sphygmomanometer?
This is used to measure blood pressure. It is vitally important to be well-trained in blood pressure measurement technique and to have an accurate, reliable instrument to properly diagnose hypertension.
What is in a diagnostic set?
The diagnostic set includes: an Otoscope to examine ears and an Ophthalmoscope to examine the eye, especially the retina, this comes with a handle & case.
What about used books?
Instructors select the books used in their classes. It is the Course Material Department's responsibility to provide copies of those books, as well as additional materials which may help you in your studies. The Bookstore's General, Technical, and Reference Department, also located on the first floor, carries many additional titles that can supplement or augment the material you are studying.
What is a Smart Set?
It is a 3.5 volt diagnostic set that features a lithium ion power handle developed to combine the power and quality optics of a traditional 3.5 volt set with the low weight of a 2.5 volt pocket set. The slender lithium ion handle weighs just half as much as a traditional handle and lasts twice as long on one charge.
What is the PanOptic Ophthalmoscope?
This scope allows you a 5X larger view in an undilated eye. The greater working distance improves comfort for the practitioner and the patient. Welch Allyn is offering the coaxial ophthalmoscope head at a low price for those who are purchasing the PanOptic. This offer is exclusive to UCSD Bookstore and not available on-line.
What is the MacroView Otoscope?
The MacroView Otoscope delivers almost twice the field of view at higher magnification compared to standard otoscopes, making it easier to visualize the auditory canal and tympanic membrane.
What is in the Neurology Kit?
A Buck Hammer, a 512 Tuning Fork, a 128 Tuning Fork, EKG Calipers, and an eye chart.