Three Journeys through an American Medical SchoolBiography, Medicine
A fascinating look at the human side of the transformation from student to doctor
Winner of a silver medal in the 2013 Independent Publisher Awards
“ … belongs on the bookshelf of every doctor, nurse, journalist, and scholar.”—Literary Journalism Studies
Marleny Franco, who moved from the Dominican Republic to Boston’s Dominican projects when she was nine, must first overcome social and cultural barriers—and those she constructs herself. Michael Norton, a devout Mormon, juggles the pressures of medical school along with family responsibilities and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Millie Gentry, a fashion model, tries to balance the demands of medical school with finding time to go out with friends and volunteer at the local free clinic.
These are personal stories, yet they reflect significant issues in medical education. Franco, Norton, and Gentry try to master an ever-increasing load of medical science, confront problems of professionalism, and learn the importance of empathy. Each must make personal sacrifices, including taking on crushing debt, pur- suing round-the-clock work, and neglecting family, friends, and health.
White Coats focuses on the human side of the transformation from student to doctor and will appeal to anyone interested in health care, medical education, and the hopes, struggles, and joys of aspiring doctors.
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