Becoming a Doctor: From Student to Specialist, Doctor-Writers Share Their Experiences

Just about all of us who teach introductory courses in chemistry have a significant fraction of our students who intend to apply to medical schools and attempt to become doctors. However, very few of my students have a good idea of what that career path looks like, beyond graduation with an undergraduate degree. Not only do they not know what medical school is like, but they also do not have a good idea about the rigors and challenges of a life in medicine. This is true to a somewhat lesser degree of our students who want to become engineers; few of them really know what engineers do. However, most of them are taking undergraduate courses in engineering subjects whereas medical school is a quantum leap into a different milieu. The goal of this very engaging little book is to describe to the general public and especially to premedical students some of what one can expect in medical school, internship, residency, and practice. The essays of nineteen physician-writers are collected here. They describe among other topics the trauma of splitting open the skull of a cadaver, a resident's escape from pressure via dance, the thoughts of a practitioner in middle age, and the experience of a young doctor who was "first in his class" - to be sued for malpractice! These are good writers who skillfully use their tools to give us all a peek into their worlds. (A paperback version of this title will be available in July 2011.)

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Pick Attribution: 

Lee Gutkind (editor)

Publication Date: 
Friday, January 1, 2010