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What I learned in medical school [electronic resource] : personal stories of young doctors /
edited by Kevin M. Takakuwa, Nick Rubashkin, Karen E. Herzig ; with a foreword by Joycelyn Elders.
imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2004.
description
xxi, 209 p. : ports.
ISBN
0520239369 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780520239364 (cloth : alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2004.
isbn
0520239369 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780520239364 (cloth : alk. paper)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8848733
 
Includes bibliographical references (p.195-197).
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Kevin M. Takakuwa is a resident physician at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of the medical school at the University of California at 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
Excerpts
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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 ofComplications: 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 ofHer 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 Schoolis 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 ofA 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 ofWalking Out on the Boysand Professor Emerita of Neurosurgery, Stanford University School of Medicine
Flap Copy
"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 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
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Booklist, December 2003
PW Annex Reviews, January 2004
Globe & Mail, December 2005
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
This collection celebrates the diversity of medical trainees' experiences and brings to the forefront voices often marginalized in medicine. The text reminds both healers and patients that medicine's strengths arise from the rich variety of its practitioners.
Long Description
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.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. xi
Introductionp. xv
Life and Family Historiesp. 1
Becoming an Americanp. 9
Melanie's Storyp. 19
Pavementp. 23
Whispers from the Third Generationp. 31
Borderlandsp. 37
Poison in My Coffeep. 47
Shifting Identitiesp. 55
Necessary Accessoriesp. 63
Medical School Metamorphosisp. 70
Why Am I in Medical School?p. 75
My Secret Lifep. 80
Five Points Off for Going to Medical Schoolp. 87
Parasympathizingp. 92
Sometimes, All You Can Do Is Laughp. 114
A Prayer from a Closeted Christianp. 121
Seeing with New Eyesp. 126
Confrontedp. 135
Hoka Heyp. 143
My Namesp. 145
A Case Presentationp. 154
Urology Bluesp. 161
Like Everyone Elsep. 168
Daring to Be a Doctorp. 177
A Graduation Speechp. 182
Afterwordp. 189
Further Readingp. 195
Contributorsp. 199
Acknowledgmentsp. 205
Photo Creditsp. 209
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