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"A heartfelt, sincere, and broad-ranging collection of voices from the depths of struggle in medical education. You will find here doubts, anger, surprise, sometimes naivete—and you will also find hope."—Atul Gawande, M.D., author of Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

"This vibrant collection celebrates the diversity of medical trainees' experiences and brings to the forefront voices too often marginalized in medicine. Testament to the changing face of the profession, this volume reminds both healers and patients that medicine's strengths arise from the rich variety of its practitioners."—Sayantani DasGupta, MD, MPH, author of Her Own Medicine: A Woman's Journey from Student to Doctor

"The book has tremendous educational value and could be used as a catalyst for change."—Maureen S. O'Leary, MBA, RN, Executive Director of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association

"In these beautifully written and deeply honest essays, medical students share a commitment to humanity that heals the wounds of isolation and reveals the power of diversity in the service of life. What I Learned in Medical School is a special book. Read it. It will make you proud to know your doctor."—Rachel Naomi Remen, author ofKitchen Table Wisdom

"An intriguing collection of strong and varied voices from the next generation of doctors. The narratives in this book challenge our assumptions about medical education and what makes a good physician, while reminding us, by their power, variety, and sincerity, of the many different roads that can be followed into medicine. The reader comes away with an appreciation for the richness and complexity that broadening the traditional profile of medicine and doctors brings to the profession and its practices."—Perri Klass, MD, author of A Not Entirely Benign Procedure: Four Years as a Medical Student

"This wonderful, thoughtful, and sometimes bitterly humorous collection of personal stories from medical students details what the medical practitioners of the future think about the medical establishment and its brutal educational program. The process of becoming an MD alienates many but builds a shared belief that struggle builds strength for a rewarding professional future. Doctors and patients alike will find reading about these journeys a fascinating experience."—Frances K. Conley, M.D., author of Walking Out on the Boys and Professor Emerita of Neurosurgery, Stanford University School of Medicine

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

"A heartfelt, sincere, and broad-ranging collection of voices from the depths of struggle in medical education. You will find here doubts, anger, surprise, sometimes naivete--and you will also find hope."--Atul Gawande, M.D., author of "Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science"This vibrant collection celebrates the diversity of medical trainees' experiences and brings to the forefront voices too often marginalized in medicine. Testament to the changing face of the profession, this volume reminds both healers and patients that medicine's strengths arise from the rich variety of its practitioners."--Sayantani DasGupta, MD, MPH, author of "Her Own Medicine: A Woman's Journey from Student to Doctor ""The book has tremendous educational value and could be used as a catalyst for change."--Maureen S. O'Leary, MBA, RN, Executive Director of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association"In these beautifully written and deeply honest essays, medical students share a commitment to humanity that heals the wounds of isolation and reveals the power of diversity in the service of life. "What I Learned in Medical School "is a special book. Read it. It will make you proud to know your doctor."--Rachel Naomi Remen, author of"Kitchen Table Wisdom ""An intriguing collection of strong and varied voices from the next generation of doctors. The narratives in this book challenge our assumptions about medical education and what makes a good physician, while reminding us, by their power, variety, and sincerity, of the many different roads that can be followed into medicine. The reader comes away with an appreciation for the richness and complexity that broadening the traditional profile of medicine anddoctors brings to the profession and its practices."--Perri Klass, MD, author of "A Not Entirely Benign Procedure: Four Years as a Medical Student ""This wonderful, thoughtful, and sometimes bitterly humorous collection of personal stories from medical students details wha

About the Author

Kevin M. Takakuwa is resident physician at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of the medical school at the University of California, Davis. Nick Rubashkin is a medical student at Stanford University. Karen E. Herzig earned a Ph.D. in health psychology from the University of California, San Francisco, where she currently works as a researcher.

Table of Contents

Foreword, by Joycelyn Elders

Acknowledgments

Introduction

PART ONE: LIFE AND FAMILY HISTORIES

1. Being Refugee

Eddy V. Nguyen

2. Melanies 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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520246812
Editor:
Takakuwa, Kevin M.
Editor:
Rubashkin, Nick
Editor:
Takakuwa, Kevin M.
Editor:
Rubashkin, Nick
Editor:
Herzig, Karen E.
Author:
Herzig, Karen E.
Author:
Elders, Joycelyn
Author:
Rubashkin, Nick
Author:
Takakuwa, Kevin M.
Editor:
Herzig, Karen E.
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
Education & Training
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Medical - General
Subject:
General Medical
Subject:
Health Care Delivery
Subject:
Biography/Medical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20060131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 b/w photographs
Pages:
230
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.63 in 14 oz

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"Synopsis" by ,
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.

"Synopsis" by , "A heartfelt, sincere, and broad-ranging collection of voices from the depths of struggle in medical education. You will find here doubts, anger, surprise, sometimes naivete--and you will also find hope."--Atul Gawande, M.D., author of "Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science"This vibrant collection celebrates the diversity of medical trainees' experiences and brings to the forefront voices too often marginalized in medicine. Testament to the changing face of the profession, this volume reminds both healers and patients that medicine's strengths arise from the rich variety of its practitioners."--Sayantani DasGupta, MD, MPH, author of "Her Own Medicine: A Woman's Journey from Student to Doctor ""The book has tremendous educational value and could be used as a catalyst for change."--Maureen S. O'Leary, MBA, RN, Executive Director of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association"In these beautifully written and deeply honest essays, medical students share a commitment to humanity that heals the wounds of isolation and reveals the power of diversity in the service of life. "What I Learned in Medical School "is a special book. Read it. It will make you proud to know your doctor."--Rachel Naomi Remen, author of"Kitchen Table Wisdom ""An intriguing collection of strong and varied voices from the next generation of doctors. The narratives in this book challenge our assumptions about medical education and what makes a good physician, while reminding us, by their power, variety, and sincerity, of the many different roads that can be followed into medicine. The reader comes away with an appreciation for the richness and complexity that broadening the traditional profile of medicine anddoctors brings to the profession and its practices."--Perri Klass, MD, author of "A Not Entirely Benign Procedure: Four Years as a Medical Student ""This wonderful, thoughtful, and sometimes bitterly humorous collection of personal stories from medical students details wha
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