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

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520246812
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 01/18/2006
Pages: 230
Sales rank: 1,232,089
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1Life and Family Histories1
Becoming an American9
Melanie's Story19
Whispers from the Third Generation31
Poison in My Coffee47
Part 2Shifting Identities55
Necessary Accessories63
Medical School Metamorphosis70
Why Am I in Medical School?75
My Secret Life80
Five Points Off for Going to Medical School87
Sometimes, All You Can Do Is Laugh114
A Prayer from a Closeted Christian121
Seeing with New Eyes126
Part 3Confronted135
Hoka Hey143
My Names145
A Case Presentation154
Urology Blues161
Like Everyone Else168
Daring to Be a Doctor177
A Graduation Speech182
Further Reading195
Photo Credits209

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