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5.0 out of 5 stars Review from a current medical student, May 10, 2011
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This review is from: Everything I Learned in Medical School: Besides All the Book Stuff (Paperback)
I started speaking with Dr. Kansagra on Twitter, asking for advice about certain courses in medical school, as well as general career advice. He wasn't like the other doctors with whom I had spoken. He is easy-going, humorous, to-the-point, and (most importantly) made sure to give me the big picture.

That's exactly what he does in his book "Everything I Learned in Medical School: Besides All the Book Stuff". His writing is reflective of the impression I had gotten when we spoke - easy to understand and to-the-point. As I was reading, I could feel myself going through the same experiences, mostly because I had gone through many of them myself. He does a great job reminding medical students about the ultimate goal of medical school (getting an actual medical education, not memorizing a billion facts for the endless stream of exams).

What's the best part of the book? The easy-going writing style and vivid imagery resonates well with the non-medical folks as well. I gave this book to my fiancee in an attempt to show her what goes through my mind everyday. We've lived together for some time, but I think Dr. K's book really drives home how vulnerable and self-conscious medical students really are.

I absolutely recommend this book if you are thinking about a career in medicine, know someone who is going through the process, are in medical school (or beyond), or even if you just want to gain some understanding as to why your doctor(s) is (are) so socially awkward. It's funny, moving, insightful, and just a great overall read.
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Initial post: May 19, 2011 4:45:07 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2011 4:59:05 AM PDT
As you so poignantly put it, I AM a medical student. I don't have time to sit around and type up comments all the time on amazon because, you know, I AM a medical student and am usually elbow-deep in textbooks for class.

I decided to write up a review because my fiancee, a non-medical person, really enjoyed it and finally started to understand my constant neuroticisms and paranoias while in school. The book helped her as much as I enjoyed it. No hidden agenda here.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2011 4:05:13 PM PDT
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