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A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Real Lives of Surgical Residents

The Grey’s Anatomy TV series may be fictional; yet there are reflections of reality in the stories. The question is: what is real?

Spend some time with residents learning to become surgeons in the real world.
Follow them on the hospital floor and into the OR... from the first cut to the Chief Resident year... as they master scalpels, sutures as well as the larger challenges of treating the patients and figuring out the hospital and the health care system.

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I spent months following surgery residents who, just like those on episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, spend their days (and many nights) putting their medical education to use and finding out what it takes to become a surgeon. But there are big differences: their patients don’t pull through or pass away just in time for the closing credits, the ultimate outcomes of cases are not always clear, loose ends are not neatly tied up. For most patients, the causes and treatments of an ailment are unremarkable and routine. By the same token, the residents’ days and nights in the hospital are marked by real successes and real failures involving real people, not merely the entrances and exits of actors between commercial breaks.

That’s what this book is about: the crucible that is surgery residency and how it shapes the lives of the people within it.

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Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • The First Day
  • The First Cut
  • Some Background
  • Codes and Trauma
  • Unexpected
  • Flame On
  • Hospitals Never Close
  • Holidays
  • Truth in a Bottle
  • Match Day
  • Bad News
  • Amputation
  • Communication
  • Treating Bad People
  • Death
  • The Personality of Surgery
  • Institutions Have Personalities Too
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Family
  • Hospital Romance
  • Hierarchy
  • Taking Care of Yourself
  • Transplant
  • Memento
  • Strange Memories
  • Evidence
  • Research
  • Generations
  • This M&M Isn’t Sweet
  • The Pause That Protects
  • 21st-Century Charts
  • Get Me off the Website
  • Practice Makes Perfect
  • A Discharge
  • The Bill
  • Planning for the Worst
  • Reputations
  • About the Author

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