What I Learned in Medical School: Personal Stories of Young Doctors / Edition 1

What I Learned in Medical School: Personal Stories of Young Doctors / Edition 1

by Kevin M. Takakuwa
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520239369

ISBN-13: 9780520239364

Pub. Date: 01/06/2004

Publisher: University of California Press

Like many an exclusive club, the medical profession subjects its prospective members to rigorous indoctrination: medical students are overloaded with work, deprived of sleep and normal human contact, drilled and tested and scheduled down to the last minute. Difficult as the regimen may be, for those who don't fit the traditional mold—white, male, middle-to

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Like many an exclusive club, the medical profession subjects its prospective members to rigorous indoctrination: medical students are overloaded with work, deprived of sleep and normal human contact, drilled and tested and scheduled down to the last minute. Difficult as the regimen may be, for those who don't fit the traditional mold—white, male, middle-to-upper class, and heterosexual—medical school can be that much more harrowing. This riveting book tells the tales of a new generation of medical students—students whose varied backgrounds are far from traditional. Their stories will forever alter the way we see tomorrow's doctors.


In these pages, a black teenage mother overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds, an observant Muslim dons the hijab during training, an alcoholic hides her addiction. We hear the stories of an Asian refugee, a Mexican immigrant, a closeted Christian, an oversized woman—these once unlikely students are among those who describe their medical school experiences with uncommon candor, giving a close-up look at the inflexible curriculum, the pervasive competitive culture, and the daunting obstacles that come with being "different" in medical school. Their tales of courage are by turns poignant, amusing, eye-opening—and altogether unforgettable.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520239364
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/06/2004
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Lexile:
1140L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Foreword, by Joycelyn Elders
Acknowledgments

Introduction

PART ONE: LIFE AND FAMILY HISTORIES
1. Being Refugee
Eddy V. Nguyen
2. Melanie’s Story
Melanie M. Watkins
3. Pavement
Nick Rubashkin
4. Whispers from the Third Generation
Paul M. Lantos
5. Borderlands
Marcia Casas
6. Poison in My Coffee
Heather Goff

PART TWO: SHIFTING IDENTITIES
7. Necessary Accessories
Nusheen Ameenuddin
8. Medical School Metamorphosis
Tresa Muir McNeal
9. Why Am I in Medical School?
Karen C. Kim
10. My Secret Life
"Linda Palafox"
11. Five Points Off for Going to Medical School
Rachel Umi Lee
12. Parasympathizing
Kevin{ths}M. Takakuwa
13. Sometimes, All You Can Do Is Laugh
Lainie Holman
14. A Prayer from a Closeted Christian
Anita Ramsetty
15. Seeing with New Eyes: How Ayurveda Transformed My Life
Akilesh Palanisamy

PART THREE: CONFRONTED
16. Hoka Hey
Robert "Lame Bull" McDonald
17. My Names
David Marcus
18. A Case Presentation
Tista Ghosh
19. Urology Blues
Ugo A. Ezenkwele
20. Like Everyone Else
Katherine M. Erdwinn
21. Daring to Be a Doctor
Simone C. Eastman-Uwan
22. A Graduation Speech
Thao Nguyen

Afterword
Further Reading
Contributors

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