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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Barbara S Beckman, PhD (Tulane University School of Medicine)
Description: This is a first person guide to careers in medicine and the health professions that all premedical advisors should have. Excellent advice is provided on contemplating a career in medicine, preparing for medical school, training to become a doctor, professing medicine, practicing medicine, and practicing in the health professions as well as conducting biomedical research, becoming a physician-executive, and thinking about medical writing.
Purpose: The book's express purpose is to address as many questions as possible for those contemplating a career in the health professions. These are worthy objectives in light of the lengthy training in healthcare careers, and the book provides exceptional first person accounts of all the important facets of medicine.
Audience: All of the contributors have worked at Yale and convey their experiences as premedical and medical students, residents, faculty, researchers, or administrators. The authors are credible and provide practical information.
Features: The book covers experiences of students in the humanities as well as in the sciences who are considering a career in medicine. Preparing for medical school is a well done section. All aspects of training are covered including practicing specialties such as surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, imaging, pathology, and genetics. In addition, health professions such as nursing, mental health, and midwifery are included.
Assessment: This is a valuable handbook for premedical advisors to have on their bookshelves. It provides more practical guidance for careers in the health sciences than I have seen in other books, and is fun to read as well.