If you’re looking for some medical (non-textbook) books to read in your limited amount of spare time, check out some of my favorites below:

The House of God by Samuel Shem

A classic pre-medical school book. It details residency life in the 1970s. You can talk about this book with almost any medical student or attending. It is practically a medical school requirement. 

Intern: A Doctor’s Initiation by Sandeep Jauhar

A more modern look into medicine residency intern year from the perspective of Cardiologist Dr. Sandeep Jauhar. Comes with the highs and lows you can expect. After having been through 6 months of residency, I would say it is very accurate.

Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story by Ben Carson. Just because I find Ben Carson incompetent as a politician does not mean I do not respect him as a doctor. He is a phenomenal pediatric neurosurgeon and this book details his story.

On Doctoring: Stories, Poems, Essays by Richard Reynolds

A book of stories and poems from doctors throughout time and also from famous poets and authors depicting their views of medicine.

Private Practice: In the Early Twentieth-Century Medical Office of Dr. Richard Cabot by Christopher Crenner

An interesting look into a Boston medicine clinic from the early 1900′s. With excerpts from old patient notes which I found very interesting. 

And if you have an interest is something more dark:

Blind Eye by James B. Stewart

The real story of a doctor murderer from the 1990′s who killed multiple patients without getting caught for several years.

Devil in the White City by Erik Larson 

The story of the World’s Fair in Chicago in the late 1800′s. A great look into the history of Chicago and the murderous doctor who roamed its streets.

And lastly:

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Just a great book in general. My favorite.

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The Making of a Woman Surgeon by Dr. Elizabeth Morgan

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This book is my all time favorite, as I am a female aspiring to work in the healthcare system myself. Dr. Morgan chronicles her own journey in the male-dominated arena of medicine in the 1970s and 1980s, as she struggles to maintain an appropriate balance between remaining empathetic towards her patients and yet must toe the line of not becoming too emotionally involved with her patients so that she burns out, as well as maintaining her own femininity in a man’s world.

When Breath Become Air by Dr. Paul Kalanithi

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When Breath Becomes Air is an autobiography written by an esteemed neurosurgeon who discovers he has Stage IV lung cancer in his final stages of residency. It appeals to not only medical students, with his profound impressions of cadaver dissection and his first life and deaths, but also to current medical professionals by questioning philosophical domains of mortality and what a meaningful life is, as well as to non-medical professionals with moving thoughts on family, life, death and meaning. It is not a novel to be missed by any person.

Ghost Intern

“Actually, feel free to be a lot less specific. Like just going ‘booooooo’ is literally all that’s required of you. And remember, when you file your report, we’re using the green cover sheets now. Blue was last month.”

how to be an awesome med student (and your intern’s best friend)

Medical students are a precious commodity in the intern world. A good medical student makes it a lot easier to get through the day and get all the jobs done. But it’s a fine line between being a clingy medical student and a helpful medical student, and one that’s difficult to work out. So, this is my wish list for all my future medical students – do this and I’ll be indebted to you for life.

  • Ask for our number and give us yours. I’m always happy to be texted by a keen medical student who wants to put in lines and take blood and clerk patients. If you let me know you’re free, I’ll let you know how you can help.  Just don’t page me. Interns are perpetually one page away from a nervous breakdown.
  • Please carry files on ward rounds. I know that you’re not a human bookshelf, but there are a lot of files and I only have two hands. Any help here is greatly appreciated, and extra points if you volunteer to write notes. It lets me give my hand and my pen a break!
  • Learn to love the list. The patient list is the most important thing an intern has, and we need our medical students to value this. Whether it’s writing down jobs on the list, helping us type it up, or keeping track of the registrar’s list (he or she will inevitably misplace it), your contribution is noted and appreciated.
  • Ask questions. Interns are fresh out of medical school and know a lot of things. Most of the time, we’re happy to answer (and it makes us feel like we might actually be semi-competent doctors!). Just pick your moment – over coffee is good. During a code blue is not so good.
  • Volunteer to do practical things. An IVC resite can take half an hour. If you volunteer to put a new drip in (or even put an IDC in!), we will be forever grateful. I’m even happy to supervise whilst you do it – it gives me a moment to sort through my pages and even delete a few).
  • Remember that you’re going to be an intern soon – and internship means paperwork. The more you can help us with our paperwork, the better prepared you will be for your internship, and the more likely we are to pay you in coffee.
  • If the interns are busy, ask us for patients to clerk. I love it when medical students show an interest in my patients and in learning – do this, and I will always listen to you present your findings. It’s a good skill to learn, and it shows that you’re keen to be a part of the team.

I know this sounds demanding, but spending time on the wards with your intern not only prepares you to be a junior doctor, it gives you a lot of hands-on experience that you can’t get from your physiology textbook. And the more time you spend on the wards, the greater your chances of being rewarded with coffee.

Hope to see you on the wards soon!


Do you stay up late waiting for recaps of Game of Thrones or The 100 or The Mindy Project to go online?

Do you love taking a deep dive into weekend box-office figures? Are you still completely obsessed with Harry Potter? We’re all entertainment geeks here at EW, and we’re looking for recent graduates who are passionate about pop culture and well-versed in at least one of the areas we cover (TV, movies, music, and books). 

Daily responsibilities include some usual entry-level tasks, such as transcribing interviews, assisting with research projects, and maintaining our databases, but a motivated intern can dispatch those in short order and move on to more exciting tasks: writing blog posts and TV recaps, reporting stories, covering red carpets, attending movie screenings, and so on. 

Interns are expected to pitch, not just to the editors but to print editors as well. The ideal candidate lives and breathes pop culture; is self-motivated; will have impeccable research, reporting, and writing skills; and will already have completed at least one internship.

WHEN: (March 2017 to August 2017); 40 hours/week at $10.50/hour

WHO: Recent graduates interested in a career in entertainment journalism

HOW TO APPLY: Please send a resume, cover letter, and 3-5 previously published clips to and

DEADLINE: Feb. 10, 2016

When you take a *What dog breed are you quiz* and it tells you that you are a Chihuahua

And at first I was all like,

So I took another one…. and got the SAME RESULT

And I keep asking myself “why,” because I do not feel afraid of the world, I don’t tremble, and I certainly don’t bite…

Obviously there is some mistake. Surely I am more like a mutt, or a Cavalier, or maybe some determined working breed.

But then I remember that I am an intern. And it started to make sense. Chihuahuas also tend to challenge things, they stand up for their tiny selves against REALLY BIG adversaries and think they can win. They can be stubborn, sometimes snippy, but extremely loyal.

But mainly, there’s this. This made me realize, I may actually be a Chihuahua.
Because as a veterinary intern, this is me:

Every time they announce “There is an emergency, STAT!”

When you are asked to start a laraotomy surgery, alone,

When it is time for intern evaluations,

When you are the only doctor covering ER and the doorbell rings at 4am,

But that’s okay because I am learning an absolute ton, I am already a better clinician than when I started, and I am reaching the point where serious cases come into the clinic and I can actually say, “I GOT THIS.”

Congratulations to everyone who applied to the Match this year!


- 4yearsofvetschool

My new lab

The pipette feels comfortable in my hand. There is something familiar about it, despite not using one in half a decade. Even though the lab techniques are slowly re-emerging in my mind, getting dusted off after years of not using them, I feel like an outcast still.  I am, after all, an interloper. A transient that some might regard as a burden rather than a help. And yet, if that is their belief, they have not shown it. In fact the lab has welcomed me with open arms. 

I am currently on break from clinical duties. I am using this time (which is meant for vacation) for research. I was accepted into a virology and bacterial pathogen lab working on a very specific virus that has captured public interest in recent years (in an effort to preserve anonymity I will refrain from details that might make it easier to identify me). Because I am interested in infectious diseases as a possible specialty, I wanted to find an opportunity to do some bench research in the field.  

Though I worked in a research lab in undergrad, this experience seems quite different. The level of science being performed is higher and the expectation of me is also increased - I am, after all, a doctor. The sarcasm of the last statement is likely lost in typed form. Essentially there is a dramatic difference between what I do on a daily basis and what many of my lab compatriots expect of me. They ask in depth questions on cell pathways, which they spend most of their waking hours studying. Meanwhile much of my intern year experience has been spent on documentation.  Much of the things they speak about were lost from my mind after my USMLE Step 1, or perhaps never learned at all. 

Regardless, I am having a blast in this lab. It is interesting to see my own evolution as well. I find myself having much more confidence than I used to. I am willing to dive into the literature in a way I would not have prior to medical school. If nothing else, the process of becoming a doctor has made me into a learning machine, ready to read and absorb information in a way I could not during my undergrad years. And yet I am still not on par with these PhD candidates, whose lives are filled with lab work, figures, and paper writing.

It is a bit hard to swallow my pride and start fresh in a field I am very weak in, especially after spending the last 4.5 years attempting to gain competence in an entirely different field. At times my PI and lab mates talk down to me, unintentionally, explaining concepts I have a firm grasp on. Other times they gloss over things they expect me to know - things I actually have no idea about. In the end I am learning, and re-learning, a great deal. Ultimately I am excited for this new endeavor. I just hope to keep up some lab work when my clinical responsibilities resume.