Ah, the innocence of medical school. This is a story from my third year of clinical clerkship, when I started rotating through the hospital wards, starting with internal medicine. I was matched to the gastrointestinal team, so I can recite the bacterial causes of bloody diarrhea to this day.
One patient taught me about ulcerative colitis...and a few other things.
You can also find this essay in my book, The Most Unfeeling Doctor in the World and Other True Tales from the Emergency Room.
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About the Author
Melissa Yuan-Innes is an emergency room doctor and writer who lives with her husband, one son, one daughter, two cows, and too many mosquitoes outside of Montreal, Canada.
She writes thrillers and science fiction/fantasy under Melissa Yuan-Innes, mysteries under the name Melissa Yi, romance under Melissa Yin, and children's/YA under Melissa Yuan.
"Mixing mystery in with sheer humanity and splendid characterization, Yuan-Innes's story is a delight."
--Alicia Curtis, A&E Editor, The Stormy Petrel
"Melissa Yuan-Innes delivers a Bradburyian shocker"
--Paul Di Filippo, Asimov's
"Yuan-Innes employs a fresh use of language to spin a storyline that is at once universally familiar and intriguingly original."
--Brian Agincourt Massey, judge of the 2008 Innermoonlit Award for Best First Chapter of a Novel, in awarding first prize to _The Popcorn Girl Meets Darwin Jones_
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Not enough content to be enjoyable.
An interesting look at students in medical school or young doctors. The student that wanted to make a differance, or the doctor that was too young to be taken seriously. The human element was there and at 20 pages, I was not feeling like I wasted my time.