Resident On Call: A Doctor's Reflections on His First Years at Mass General

Resident On Call: A Doctor's Reflections on His First Years at Mass General

by Scott Rivkees

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Resident On Call: A Doctor's Reflections on His First Years at Mass General by Scott Rivkees

In turn heartbreaking, irreverent, moving—and at times raucously humorous—one of the nation's leading pediatric researchers recounts his first years as a newly minted, stuggling, and insecure doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. A graduate of a state university medical school, Scott Rivkees was competing with elite students from some of the most prestigious schools in the country. Nervous and uncertain, he worked unholy hours with patients ranging from indigent street people to celebrity guests drawn to the reputation and care offered by Mass General.Along the way he learned what medical school textbooks don't teach: how to deal with immense pressure, exhaustion, unruly patients, mysterious conditions, the joy of saving a life, and the wrenching suddenness of losing a patient, more often than not a young child. His resident education did not prevent him from losing his sense of irony and humor as he recounts bleary nights on the town, the allure of young nurses, substandard housing, and the value of pricking an inflated ego.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762794539
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 458,897
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Scott A. Rivkees, MD, is a world-renowned leader in pediatrics and pediatric endocrinology. He graduated from Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He completed his post-graduate medical training at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, and he has held faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School, Yale University, and Indiana University. He is currently professor and chairman of pediatrics at the University of Florida College of Medicine and physician-in-chief of Shands Children's Hospital.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Reflections on the Charles ix

First Glimpse 1

Ewald 7

Mousetrap 13

EW Blues 17

Evening Interlude 23

Fenway Fondness 27

Night Moves 33

The Pink Shirt 41

M&M 49

Gray Hairs 55

What We Know Now 61

Summertime 69

The Princess's Liver 77

Stand By Your Intern 81

Girls from Maine 91

Taking the Wrong Thing 97

Mummification 105

The Bump 111

The Prince of Darkness 119

Duck Fires 123

Bath Time 129

Under Your Breath 133

Problem Child 141

Wintertime 147

Meningitis Madness 155

Surprise Me 163

PCP and CPC 169

What They Do to Each Other 175

Abbreviations and Nicknames 183

Death, the Proud Brother 189

Road Trips 193

Pets of the Hill 201

Discoverers and Discoveries 209

The Pendulum Stops 215

Acknowledgments 217

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Resident on Call: A Doctor's Reflections on His First Years at Mass General 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
pamelade More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put this book down (read the book in less then 24 hours)! Well written with funny quips as well as happy and sad outcomes. But with each challenge he shares what he learns and how he grows. I enjoyed reading about the bonds formed during residency and the key role Attendings play in the resident's journey. And of course, it all takes place in the best city, Bawston, and at MGH (Man's Greatest Hospital).