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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Dwayne A. Ollerich, MS, PhD (University of Kansas School of Medicine)
Description: This book provides an accurate account of the developmental passages encountered by medical students during their professional education. Practical ways of dealing with the numerous stresses experienced during this time are also described.
Purpose: The purpose is to give voice to the experiences and thoughts of medical students in order to provide "accurate expectations" for other medical students as they progress through medical school. The author also describes his own experiences with medical students to enhance the book.
Audience: It is written for medical students at all stages of their professional education. It would also serve as an excellent resource for pre-medical students, faculty, counselors, student affairs officers, and for the families of medical students.
Features: It features quotations and vignettes from the experiences of medical students to emphasize the topic under discussion. Each chapter closes with a highly informative, thoughtful and empathetic section called "Insights" written by Dr. Bernard Virshup. The medical school experience is augmented in the last chapter with brief descriptions of residency, medical practice, and even retirement.
Assessment: This book is extremely well done and will provide an excellent resource for medical students and for those who teach, advise, and support medical students. It makes clear the numerous developmental hurdles that most medical students must clear on the way to becoming physicians.