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There is no shortage of published work centered on the medical
profession, but there is a reason why much of it is not written by
medical students during medical school—it’s a bit hectic…or more like
completely crazy, really. It is not the case that Dr. Sandsmark is
smarter than her peers, that she uses her time more efficiently, or that
she had totally different experiences than the average medical student.
No, it is more that she found her experiences in medical school so
personally influential and transformative that she felt compelled to
share them with the rest of the world in an honest, and often
exceptionally vulnerable, personal narrative. While there is plenty to
say about all four years of medical school, her memoir primarily focuses
on the third year, when students are busy with clinical rotations. It
is during this time that medical students transition from rigorous (but
predictable) coursework to tumultuous (and unpredictable) clinical work.
Medical textbooks can teach students many things, but they cannot
prepare them to comfort a panicked family member, manage a frustrated
and disruptive patient, or witness their first death. Readers will
accompany Dr. Sandsmark as she attempts to counsel patients and families
she is not yet ready to counsel and treat patients she is not yet fully
trained to treat. Her drive to gain her new patients’ trust, and the
situations this places her in, will have readers turning page after
page. While medical details are not skirted, the book is largely an
account of a medical student’s life, one that offers the type of fresh
outlook on medicine that only a doctor in training can provide. Her
narrative is crafted through colorful descriptions of her hopes, fears,
dreams, and struggles. It is sincere and insightful throughout, although
frequently humorous and light-hearted. Join her to discover why medical
students feel as if they are just “playing doctor” and why the
transition from the “boards to the wards” is a life-changing experience.
Although of particular interest to medical students, past, present, and
future, the book will appeal to anyone interested in the challenges
required to succeed in a high-pressure field like medicine.