The unique stories in Doctor Confidential speak directly to anyone in medical training or considering a career in medicine, but also to the patient in all of us. Pulling back the veil of secrecy that too often surrounds medicine, Doctor Confidential provides compassion, humor, and ultimately hope that, when sick and most vulnerable, each of us can be heard, understood, and deeply touched by our physician.
Having worked in the medical field since the 1980’s, I already had a small inkling of an idea as to what the students went through to become doctors.
The first part of the book is focused on medical school. During medical school, students do rotations through various departments in order to learn about them so that they can better choose what they want to specialize in. While I worked at the hospital, we didn’t have too many medical students coming through. However, I did see a lot of them when I was working in physician offices. Many times the physicians would have a student shadowing them.
This book takes you through the various rotations that Dr. Sheff went through and the different patients that he treated. Even though you may seen hundreds of patients a month, there will always be those patients whose memory will stay with you for a long time after. These are those patients.
The second part of the book focuses on the residency. This is the time after medical school when they work at a hospital “in training”. They work very long hours, at least they did when I was working at the hospital. I remember one poor resident who was assigned to the emergency room. We had one of those nights where it was trauma after trauma. He had already been working for over 16 hours and still had time left to go. He was exhausted and ended up falling asleep in the corner for a little while. The hospital I worked at had a room where they could go to get sleep. However, it was on the other side of the hospital and every time he would get over there, we would have to call him back.
Unfortunately, those long grueling hours take their toll on the residents and medical foul ups can happen way too easy. But it is during those hours that you really get to know the patients very well.
This was a great book that I really enjoyed. Reading it brought back memories of some of the incredible patients I have seen over the years. It has also brought back memories of the various doctors, nurses, and residents that I have met.
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