The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly

The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly

A Physician's First Year

eBook - 2015
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"A young doctor stumbles through his experience as a first year intern at a major New York hospital"--
"This funny, candid memoir about the author's intern year at a New York hospital provides a scorchingly frank look at how doctors are made, taking readers into the critical care unit to see one burgeoning physician's journey from ineptitude to competence. After his professional baseball career failed to launch, Matt McCarthy went to Harvard Medical School and on to a coveted residency slot in New York. But when he almost lost a patient on his first day after making what he believed to be a terrible error, he found himself facing the harsh reality of a new doctor's life--one in which even overachievers find themselves humbled, and in which med school training has little to offer in navigating the emotional rollercoaster of dealing with actual patients. Luckily for McCarthy, his second-year-resident adviser (whom he calls "Baio", owing to a resemblance to a Charles in Charge-era Scott Baio) was an offbeat genius, with a knack for breaking down the complicated process of treating patients. But neither doctor could offer much help to a patient named Barney, who had been living in the hospital while waiting for a new heart, and whom McCarthy slowly befriended over the course of the year in ways that changed his perception of what it means to be a physician. Mixing the tense drama of ER with the screwball humor of Scrubs, McCarthy offers a window on to hospital life that dispenses with sanctimony and self-seriousness while emphasizing the black-comic paradox of becoming a doctor: How do you learn how to save lives in a job where there is no practice? This "One L for doctors" will inspire and entertain physicians and patients alike"--
Publisher: New York :, Crown,, [2015]
ISBN: 9780804138666
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Jul 31, 2016

This was a great autobiography about what it's like to come right out of med school feeling smug and confident that you're part of the great elite, and then you're suddenly confronted with real life patients who might die, and you are sleep deprived and overworked, and how scary that is. It reminds us of the learning curve for all jobs, particularly life or death jobs like piloting an airplane or performing surgery, and also how important empathy and seeing the patient as a person is. McCarthy never lost the sense of the person behind the condition, which many doctors do as they continue practicing. They harden themselves and distance themselves so that they don't have to feel the patient's pain on a daily basis. McCarthy's first year was a fascinating read. It's also an excellent argument against allowing interns to stay awake for so many hours in practice! We don't let truck drivers drive after 10 hours or whatever the law is – why should we ever let somebody come near our very sick body if that person has been awake and practicing for more than 18 hours?

Apr 06, 2016

It was an excellent reminder of the complexities of arriving at a proper diagnosis and how we the patients can facilitate that process with the accurate reporting of our symptoms.
It was indeed an engaging look at the folks on the other side of the gurney and the trials and tribulations they endure to do their utmost to give quality care. I was curious to see where the author would finally choose his specialty. To be honest, his account of things too often smacked of a narcissistic bent. But then the profession does seem to attract that sort of thing in some.

Mar 05, 2016

Interesting to read if you plan to become a doctor. Also check out "Odd Man Out" which is his story of being a minor league baseball player for a year before going to med school

Dec 29, 2015

I enjoyed Dr. McCarthy's honesty and story telling. I would recommend this book.

Oct 22, 2015

An entertaining book about one man's experience in graduate medical education. The book is appealing in its honesty and relative paucity of "horn tooting", so common in the genre. Not to say that he's not the smartest intern on every rotation and highly recruited by all specialties.
But who isn't?

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