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Surviving Residency: A Medical Spouse Guide to Embracing the Training Years 1st Edition

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The most recent edition is August 2011.  For some reason, Amazon has listed it at Aug. 2007.  If you aren't getting the copy with the heart and stethoscope on the cover, please let Amazon know or email me personally at krismathms@yahoo.com so that I can remedy it for you.

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About the Author

Kristen Math is a busy mom to five active children. During her husband?s Infectious Disease fellowship, she established The international Medical Spouse Network (www.medicalspouse.org), an organization that supports medical spouses in all stages of the training process. Kristen lives in Minnesota with her husband and children.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse; 1 edition (April 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595487017
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595487011
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,256,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was a great help. My fiance is still in med school, but I'm glad I read it now and I'll be hanging on to it for years to come! While it's possible to survive this stuff without the book, the book is a big help and lets you know that no, you're not crazy, and no, you're not alone. A lot of people reading this book might have running households already. I don't. I'm still a student. The financial info in this book is extremely helpful, as are all the moving resources. I've never moved a house before. I've hardly done anything more than cram stuff into my Focus hatchback and move from point A to point B. Some day in the not-to-distant future I'm actually going to have to figure out moving a household with big furniture, appliances, and maybe a kid or two underfoot. I'll definitely be doing it with this book in one hand. Oh, and about those kids I'd like someday....I already know I'll be a single parent at times and my husband will at times be grumpy and exhausted. Just knowing you're not alone is helpful, and of course all the parenting tips I'm sure will come in handy. It says on the back of the book how many kids the author has, and it's a lot. I'm willing to bet she knows a thing or two about high-stress parenting.

These tips might not be helpful for everyone, but I'm willing to bet most people aren't June Cleaver types who can balance a checkbook while being shot from a cannon and live debt free after undergrad and med school debts. Of course, this is all while raising kids and/or having your own career. (remember your career?) If you've got that all under control and life is full of champagne, caviar, and cabana boys, awesome. Good for you. Do something fabulous and think of me. But most of us need a little help or at least a little reminder that we're sane.
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This book is very well written. Although the writer addresses her subject from the perspective of a medical spouse and surviving the ordeals of marriage, family, and spouse medical training, I found this to be an exceptional guide for any young couple regardless of their profession. There are many nuggets of sage advice that can not only be helpful but give the reader a chance to learn about what works and does not work so they can avoid making mistakes and help make their relationships more successful.
Bob Baird
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Surviving Residency is the book I wish I had read 15 years ago when my husband was starting medical school! A friend recently sent it to me, and I am so glad someone took that time to write all of this down! It contains valuable advice on making a medical marriage/family work with the specific quirks that go along with medical training. It's really a lifestyle unique in its strains on married life and parenthood. While some of the advice and information might seem common-sense on the surface to someone who has already gone through the medical training of a loved one, it is the first time an author with personal experience from the spouse perspective has put all of the advice and experience into one book.

If you are the loved one of a medical student, resident, or fellow this is a book you will be glad you took the time to read. I highly recommend both the book and the advice it contains to anyone interested in maintaining a strong, successful marriage during those difficult training years!

- Wife of 16 years to a medical doctor (married to him through college, medical school, residency, and fellowship - from pizza boy to doc!)
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The book is worth the purchase.

The practical tips are about moving and garage sales.

But the story and the attitude of "residency is brutal" was worth it.

So good but simplistic solutions.
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The title should be changed to the Medical Career Bible. This is a practical guide for surviving this roller coaster called Medical Training. This book should be a required text book for every new Medical Student, to be shared with his or her partner. Definitely required reading for survival!!!!!
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I was hoping that this book was dive into the process of becoming a doctor and how you can help/ways to offer support to your partner. Instead this book focused more on what you can do to make yourself happier. (ex: do volunteer work and get involved) She also talks about being on a budget and things like not being able to afford a sitter so she talks about doing a nanny share or using groupon for dates. I feel like most of the content is obvious and wasn't helpful or relevant. I had better luck reading books written by doctors on their residency experience. They gave me the "day in the life" picture and also discussed ways that their loved ones made them feel supported.
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I found this guide helpful but wished it wasn't geared so much toward people with kids. I felt like the author forgot that not all couples have children or plan to during residency.
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Math provides a no-nonsense primer for the hidden world of the medical family in training. She furnishes facts, resources, and a dose of empathy for individuals trying to wrap their lives around the vagaries of the medical profession. Specifically, the author covers topics like multiple moves, quasi-single parenting, the high expenses of training against the backdrop of low wages, the lack of control over schedules, and the disparity that can arise because of one individual's high power career. This is THE guide for anyone supporting a physician in training.
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