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Becoming a doctor : from student to specialist : doctor-writers share their experiences / edited by Lee Gutkind
Call Number:  R 134 .B43 2010; Publication Date:  2010
In this inspired anthology, doctors relate true stories from their professional lives, capturing disillusionments and triumphs encountered along the way. Essays by such distinguished writers as Peter D. Kramer, Kay Redfield Jamison, Danielle Ofri, Robert Coles, Lauren Slater, Sandeep Jauhar, and Perri Klass create a vivid mural of the medical world, from a student’s uneasy first encounter with a cadaver to a veteran doctor’s memories of the emotionally charged days and nights of residency. - - from

Intern : a doctor's initiation / Sandeep Jauhar
Call Number:  R 154 .J39 A3 2008; Publication Date:  2008
Jauhar recounts his days and nights in residency at a busy hospital in New York City, a trial that led him to question the quality of medical care today. His beautifully written memoir explains that modern medicine can be a humane science after all.  - - from

The intern blues : the timeless classic about the making of a doctor / Robert Marion
Call Number:  R 153 .M37 2001; Publication Date:  2001
While supervising a small group of interns at a major New York medical center, Dr. Robert Marion asked three of them to keep a careful diary over the course of a year. Andy, Mark, and Amy vividly describe their real-life lessons in treating very sick children; confronting child abuse and the awful human impact of the AIDS epidemic; skirting the indifference of the hospital bureaucracy; and overcoming their own fears, insecurities, and constant fatigue. Their stories are harrowing and often funny; their personal triumph is unforgettable.  - - from

What I learned in Medical School:  Personal Stories of Young Doctors / Kevin M. Takakuwa, Nick Rubashkin, Karen E. Herzig
Call Number:  R 705 .W481 2004; Publication Date:  2004
This book tells the tales of a new generation of medical students—students whose varied backgrounds are far from traditional:  a black teenage mother overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds, an observant Muslim dons the hijab during training, an alcoholic hides her addiction. We hear 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. - - from

Doctor’s Diaries, PBS
In 1987, NOVA's cameras began rolling to chronicle the lives of seven young, bright(Kim et al., 2015) medical students embarking on the longest and most rigorous endeavor in higher education: the years-long journey to become a doctor. From their first days at Harvard Medical School to the present day, none of them could have predicted what it would take, personally and professionally. In "Doctors' Diaries," a two-hour special, NOVA returns to find out what sorts of doctors—and people—the seven young students have become. The program is the latest installment in the longest-running U.S. documentary of its kind. - - from (

What Patients Taught Me: A Medical Student's Journey. Audrey Young. 2004.
Audrey Young shares her experience in medical school and how she found her calling within the profession by chance. Although she began medical school at the University of Washington with the aim of working in a large, urban hospitable, she ultimately found herself drawn to rural medicine, which took her to little-know parts of the U.S. Good read for those interested in the personal narratives of medical students as well as rural health. Moreover, Young writes in a very easy-to-read, accessible style.