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Match Day: One Day and One Dramatic Year in the Lives of Three New Doctors Hardcover – March 3, 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (March 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312377843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312377847
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,442,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

These are not the telegenic, slickly scrubbed docs of Grey's Anatomy. But Eule's account of three female interns offers a far more compelling portrait of the unique transition from tentative student to skilled M.D. The transformation begins on the third Thursday of March 2006 for Stephanie Chao, Michele LaFonda and Rakhi Barkowski with the computerized program that matches newly minted doctors with teaching hospitals, fascinating in itself, and then long hours, perplexing cases and demanding senior residents and attending physicians who mold the young doctors into confident and compassionate practitioners. What's remarkable about the account is Eule's perspective as Stephanie's longtime boyfriend and a clear-eyed journalist. Each of the women explores her passion for medicine and discovers its place in the life she hopes to live. But the lessons the women learn from their patients are striking: "The people in the end who were comfortable with death, the ones who were ready to go, were the people who talked about a good family life." This is a traditional medical coming-of-age that pleasantly surprises with its reach far beyond the hospital walls. (Mar. 3)
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Advance Praise for MATCH DAY:

“Although the narratives revolve around Match Day, the story is really about how the system of training and practice affects the personal lives of the youngest doctors. The specific demands of medicine lead to a litany of issues each woman struggles with throughout the year. Will my training swallow me up? How do I cultivate meaningful relationships during my few hours off each week? Is it possible to be a resident and have a family?  Like the best of Hollywood awards ceremonies, this book’s hook may be what is in those little envelopes; but it’s the show that is riveting.” 

“A marvelous coming of age narrative about three young doctors and the choices they make.  Match Day isn’t just about stethoscopes and scalpels; it’s packed full of the hidden stuff—romances ruined; romances saved; late-night panics and an unshakeable desire to lead America’s next generation of healers.” –George Anders, New York Times bestselling author of Perfect Enough

“The phrase “match day” has long been part of medical jargon in the United States.  With this book, Brian Eule makes it part of our non-fiction literature.  In humane and incisive portraits of three medical students and their loved ones, he conveys the struggle to balance professional aspiration and romantic attachment.”—Samuel G. Freedman, author of Who She Was and Upon This Rock

“Skillfully and tenderly, Eule interweaves the lives of three medical couples as they contemplate critical life decisions about career, work, family, and love.” –Steven A. Schroeder, MD, Distinguished Professor of Health and Health Care, University of California, San Francisco

"Highly informative...compelling...Eule is a gifted storyteller with a knack for anecdotes. He brings us deep into the lives of these young people and celebrates the real-world rigor of residence training...Required reading for future doctors." --Kirkus Reviews

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The author is quite good at writing so the book flows quite smoothly.
In short, if you're wondering what Match is like for those that you love, pick up this book.
A very interesting look into the lives of first year medical residents.
Judy Snyder

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By B. Jacobsen on March 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Similar in style to a John McPhee book, Match Day is a welcome read for anyone who enjoys journalistic narratives intertwined with non-fiction character development and storylines. Eule successfully interweaves and juxtaposes factual and historical information about the "Match" against its ramifications on the lives of three central characters and their loved ones. The three young female doctors preparing for their transition from medical school into residency present a nice cross-section of the challenges facing women going through the Match. These include balancing career, family, and love. While the lives of young doctors have been pretty well described in the public forum by now, it is to Eule's credit that the storylines maintain their narrative impact as both telling and engaging. In part, I think this is due to Eule's personal investment in the project (his then girlfriend and now wife is one of the characters), and his writing style which effectively transitions between personal storytelling and more traditional journalistic narratives thoughout the book. The results are an informative book interspersed with touching vignettes of how life continues in the face of a challenging career.

In addition, his focus on the unique challenges facing women who wish to become doctors also adds a welcome depth of understanding. I definitely recommend this book for those who like good storytelling and character-driven nonfiction, and I hope that a follow-up book to "Match Day" is forthcoming in a few years. I would love to hear more about where these three successful and talented women end up to see how much the Match, and medicine, have affected the course of their lives.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joyce Libeu on March 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Beautiful and touching, could not put it down.

Learning about the lives of young people in the medical field always interest me but this author gets behind the scenes, into the feelings and motivations of three female medical interns, especially around that complex "match day". A journalist, rather than a doctor, following these lives gives us an extraordinary viewpoint particularly concerning the effects of impossibly long hours, strains on relationships and families, and the incredible commitment to medicine it takes to succeed and become a "healer".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zippy on March 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Although much has been written about interns and residents experiences, this is a welcomed addition and an update (it talks about Match 2006) to this genre. It briefly discusses the serious issues and hard choices women med students/doctors face trying to have both a professional and a personal life. This part alone makes it a required read for partners of women doctors.
I gave it only 4 starts because to me it read like a long newspaper article with too much focus, at times, on the residents' work schedule/hours - a controversial issue covered in depth in professional and academic journals. Overall, a noteworthy effort that I really appreciate.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By American Bandersnatch on July 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is an easy to read, informative look at the lives of three young women as the leave medical school and spend their first year as new doctors. The focus of the book is less on the technical aspects of being a new doctor and more on how being a new doctor affects them and their relationships. This book is definitely recommended if you know someone who is going through the process or is considering it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Brian Eule is a writer and the woman he loves, Stephanie Chao, is a doctor. In "Match Day," Eule describes the anticipation of medical students who, like Stephanie, nervously look forward to the third Thursday in March when they will learn the name of the hospital to which they have been matched for residency training. The coming year, internship, will be "a trial of sleepless nights, beeping pagers, and demanding senior physicians." Every student across the country waits until the same exact moment to open up the envelope that will determine his or her fate. In addition to Stephanie, Eule focuses on two other women: Rakhi Barkowski, who is planning to specialize in internal medicine, and Michelle LaFonda, who wants to become a radiologist. As we get to know Stephanie, Rakhi, and Michelle, along with the men in their lives, we gain an appreciation of the many sacrifices that doctors-in-training and their partners make in order to balance demanding careers and personal relationships.

Eule points out that a growing number of women are applying to medical school and this new crop of females is, on the whole, more self-confident, ambitious, and assertive than their predecessors. Some want to have it all: a fulfilling professional life, a loving partner, and if possible, children. Unfortunately, with the hours that many residents spend on call, achieving these goals may be a pipe dream. The author's extensive research and his breezy, conversational writing style make this an entertaining, informative, and fast-paced look at a fascinating subject. As we accompany Stephanie, Rakhi, and Michelle from Match Day through their intern year, we gain an insider's look at the pressures and anxieties that make a new doctor's life both hellish and exhilarating.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Cathy Goodwin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Just when it seemed there's nothing new to be written about the medical profession, Brian Eule presents an absorbing book that addresses both personal and environmental aspects of 21st century medical training. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the three women and their significant others. I found I cared about what happened to them. And at the same time, I got a sense of the context in which to view their experience.

Stephanie, Rakhi and Michele all seem to be extraordinarily gifted women. Each received awards and each was recognized as outstanding by her prestigious institution. Yet even talent can't compensate for the rigorous demands of the schedule and the system.

Brian is part of the story because he's involved with Stephanie, the brilliant future surgeon who aced the MCATs in her sophomore year at Stanford. I admire the way he shares his close moments with Stephanie (especially his proposal of marriage), juxtaposed with insights into the broader implications of medical training. I appreciated the background story - told with just enough detail - of the Libby Zion case that led to changes in residents' hours.

It's terrifying to think of being seriously ill in a hospital under the care of doctors in training. I've read books by doctors who were patients; they always said, "Page the attending."

I realize the book had to end with the residents' first year in order to be contemporary. But I wonder how the women are doing as they progress and I wonder how their lives are different. My former neighbor was a fourth year anesthesiology resident. She went to the gym and went out to dinner with her husband; she seemed relaxed and smiling most of the time. So I wonder if we're seeing only the worst part of the process.
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