Team Compendium Medicine

About us

Get to know us: discover our story and mission
Romée Snijders and Veerle Smit

Who are we?

We (Romée and Veerle) met during medical school at the VU university in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Quickly, we began discussing the abundance of medical textbooks, and started wondering what could be done differently.

As medical students ourselves, we were faced with so much study material that it was often difficult to keep track of the bigger picture.

This inspired us to make a change for other medical students, and to help them regain this overview. To explain to you how we did this, we take you on a trip down memory lane.

2015 - 2016

Romée and Veerle during the launch of the Compendium book series

Our idea was clear...

An overview of all subspecialties, containing comprehensible images, straightforward charts and tables, and useful mnemonics. The books had to be visual, to the point and concise.

We shared our idea of writing these books with more than a thousand students through an online survey and the response was unanimous: do it! The project of Compendium Medicine in Dutch was born.

After more than a year and a half of hard work, together with a big team of students and specialists, we launched our Dutch book series. The first edition sold out before launch, and that was just the beginning of a roller coaster ride we are still on.

2017 - 2018

We could not have dreamed of this...

Our story was featured in prominent Dutch newspapers and magazines, and we were even invited to appear on popular talk shows on national television. Nevertheless, the most rewarding aspect of this experience was the overwhelmingly positive feedback we received from medical students and specialists. As a result, we started creating our first series of pocket books - concise, yet comprehensive guides designed to provide essential information during a clinical shift.

We made our television debut in September 2017. In total, we appeared three times on "De Wereld Draait Door," a well-known Dutch talk show.

Romée Snijders and Veerle Smit, interviewed for the Volkskrant about Compendium Geneeskunde

This photo of Veerle and Romée, working on Compendium in Romee's dorm room, was featured on the front page of one of the largest Dutch newspapers.

The first Compendium Geneeskunde pocket book about Cardiology and vascular medicine

We launched our first pocket book about cardiology. Currently, over 10,000 (future) doctors in the Netherlands and Belgium are using this pocket book.


Romée and Veerle during the launch of the second Compendium series

Our second big launch...

With all the experience we had gained during our clinical rotations, we developed a renewed vision for Compendium Medicine.

We wanted everything to be even more visual - each image had to quickly and clearly demonstrate how a patient presents themselves. The icons had to be different and some important specialties were missing. In short: the series had to be rewritten.

This time we got to work with a team of more than 250 enthusiastic students, doctors and specialists, now from both the Netherlands and Belgium. A team of illustrators (also medical students) supported the authors to make each specialty as visual as possible. After a year of hard work, we could proudly present the renewed book series.

The Compendium book series

We have divided the most important medical knowledge in 35 specialties, all presented in the same way. Our method consists of using comprehensible illustrations for every medical condition, straightforward tables, many illustrations and useful mnemonics. It is visual, concise and to-the-point so you are able to memorise the study material more easily.

Compendium Geneeskunde book series with stethoscope on top
Compendium Medicine book series
Open book of the Compendium Geneeskunde book series

2020 - 2022

A period of many milestones followed...

Our team grew every month: from authors to illustrators, and from ambassadors to bloggers. Together with our growing number of followers on social media, a real community was born. Together with this team we worked incredibly hard on new pocket books to complement the book series, as well as new additions such as flashcards and pocket cards.

Check out some of the milestones:

The hard work of our amazing team: many new pocket books

We reached 20.000 followers on our Dutch Instagram page

Compendium Geneeskunde books in different book stores around the Netherlands and Belgium

Our books were available in more and more (online) stores

The Compendium team celebrating the launch of a new pocket

We celebrated the launch of new pockets and flashcards with our dream team

One of Compendium's ambassadors at her university showing the books to other med students

Our ambassadors represented Compendium at all Dutch universities

We launched our first pocket cards!


Compendium Medicine's announcement on social media

We are extending our mission to the rest of the world!

With the experience we have gained over the past six years, we also make a difference for medical students and healthcare professionals outside the Netherlands and Belgium.

We started this new journey by sharing a questionnaire with our fellow students, just as we did six years ago. We were thrilled to receive responses from students in 58 different countries. This input was extremely valuable to move forward with.