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What I Learned in Medical School

"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 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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Table of Contents

Foreword, by Joycelyn Elders Acknowledgments Introduction PART ONE: LIFE AND FAMILY HISTORIES 1. Being Refugee Eddy V. Nguyen 2. Melanie's 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

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.


"With so many physicians cynical about their profession, grumbling about how health maintenance organisations (HMOs) and residency regulations have ruined the party . . . this book can serve only to inspire. Whether for crotchety doctors, patients frightened by the anonymity of medicine, educators planning for the next generation of students, or lay people wondering just who will be sitting behind the next stethoscope that approaches them, What I Learned in Medical School provides a healthy dose of optimism."--Danielle Ofri, "The Lancet"

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