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The 3rd year of med school

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Greg Nicholson, Sep 2, 2002.

  1. Greg Nicholson

    Greg Nicholson Junior Member

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    I just graduated from med school at the University of Virginia and am now a psychiatry intern at UCLA. For anyone who's interested, I have written a novel based loosely on my experiences as a 3rd-year med student. The book is available at:

    http://users.starpower.net/lnich/thirdyear
     
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  3. SMW

    SMW Grand Member 7+ Year Member

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    Anyone else read this yet? I spent most of yesterday engrossed.

    Here's a similar book, Heart Failure: Diary of a Third Year Medical Student, that last year's applicants were reading.

    Both very thought provoking, if on the negative side. But hey, we want to go into this with eyes wide open!
     
  4. SolidGold

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    Great! I'm going to start reading it tonight.
     
  5. SMW

    SMW Grand Member 7+ Year Member

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    No one else has any interest in this?
     
  6. mystic_b

    mystic_b Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    Yes, I've read a couple chapters so far. Good stuff! It helps illustrate a lot what clinical rotations might be like.
     
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    mws99 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    I read the surgery chapter,the prologue, and the epilogue and it makes me wonder why anyone chooses surgery.
     
  8. fourthyear

    fourthyear Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    Keep in mind, the guy who wrote it is now a psychiatrist. I'm a 4th year med student, seeing my classmates settle into specialties based on how THEY saw each rotation, through their own personalities and experiences is interesting. Some people hate surgery, some hate psych. Good thing we are all different people or we'd never fill up all the specialties out there!

    This novel looks great, but don't make your decisions based solely on one person's opinion - gather information from all sources. Enjoy med school, it's a lot of fun - for real!
     
  9. cabruen

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    It is interesting that in the seminal work House of God by Samuel Shem that also traces medical students experiences during their clinical years, that he also became a physchiatrist.
     
  10. Centrum

    Centrum SMILEY KING 7+ Year Member

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    Maybe psychiatrists just have more time to write? :confused:
     
  11. fourthyear

    fourthyear Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    Hey, Greg, I just skimmed over most of the chapters and read some in full - this is awesome! You should publish it - it would be a bestseller for pre-meds and med students. It's very well written, funny, explains things very well through the eyes of someone new to these experiences. Great work!
     
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    Don't forget about Gomers or LOL's in NAD :D !
     
  15. cabruen

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    Greg --

    I wanted to offer my congratsulations. I have just finished reading your manuscript. You are clearly a very capable writer and put a great deal of work into it. As a pred-med student is was quite inciteful.

    I have never written a 350 page book, so take this with a grain of salt, but here is some constructive criticism for turning the manuscript into a book

    1. I think the narrator's voice could be strengthened quite a bit. The events are well protrayed, but the narrator comes off as a passive observer to the events happening around him.

    2. The storyline is very strong, but it was hard to detect the theme.

    3. The introduction is very abrupt, and should be lengthed a little. (10-15 pages)

    Nevertheless, bravo on a job well done.
     
  16. SMW

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  17. SMW

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  18. Some random girl

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    Greg, I loved it! You should definitely try and publish--I'm sure it would do very well. :clap:
     
  19. great read! :clap:
     
  20. jalan2

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    Greg,

    Thanks a bunch for posting it here! It gave me a great insight how the 3rd year is like.

    -j
     
  21. Greg Nicholson

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    I've received too many emails about my book to respond to each of them individually, but I just wanted to thank all of you for your overwhelmingly positive feedback. To those of you who suggested that I get it published, all I can say is that I would love to do that, but for an unknown author to get a book published is statistically very difficult. I am planning on sending a sample to some publishers to see what will happen. If anybody has any advice or suggestions regarding this, I'd appreciate it.

    Thanks again,
    Greg Nicholson
     
  22. USeF

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    what about the other books written by MD's about their training? How did THEY get it published. Books like "Battles of Life and Death" by a UCLA med student and "White Coat" by the Harvard girl. I'd say ask them directly, as you have the book already and would definitely not be simply wasting their time. Let us know. And remember to acknowledge SDN!! :D
     
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    I just finished reading your book Greg, it was very well written, and very helpful to us pre-meds.... Thanks.
     
  24. bella_dottoressa

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    Greg,
    I have been absolutely enthralled with the book for the past couple of days. Thanks for writing it!!
    Crystal
     
  25. i wish my library had this
     
  26. SMW

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  27. Tweetie_bird

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    I was reading this book till 4:00 a.m. on Saturday night. It's so well written. Kinda paints a graphic picture but it makes me want to pursue medical school nevertheless. Anybody want to form a book club to talk about this book?
     
  28. SMW

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    Did you read Heart Failure as well, Tweetie? I loved reading them both -- and stayed up way too late with both books! :D
     
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    no, haven't read Heart Failure. Is it an e-book as well? I printed Third Year out thinking it may not be as long and it turned out to be over 300 pages. :eek: :eek: Lesson well learned!

    do you have a link to Heart Failure? Which do you recommend more?
     
  30. SMW

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    The link to Heart Failure is in both this thread and the 3rd year of med school thread. I read it last year, so it's hard to compare. I'd say they're comparable, but since they're from different schools, reading both gives you a little broader picture.
     
  31. Tweetie_bird

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    Shoudda read this thread a bit closer. :D Thanks! I have started an sDN book club, we'll see how that takes off.

    On another note--I've given you my school list on the OHSU thread.
     

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