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What Patients Taught Me: A Medical Student's Journey Paperback – July 31, 2007
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She chose the University of Washington Medical School, an institution with a " ... dispersed ... program to train medical students from the Pacific Northwest to practice as rural doctors." Under this program, called WWAMI for its presence in Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho, Young's medical school rotations provided an unusual amount of patient contact and responsibility.
It was her choice to spend the first year in a Seattle rotation, where she had limited patient contact while taking a heavy academic load. The following summer she began her rural training in a family practice clinic in Bethel, Alaska, where huge distances and inaccessibility of care often led to delayed treatment.
Here on the tundra, as Young learned to present a case in pertinent bullet points, she began to see the context in which patients live their lives. From a healthy youngster with a cold, to a mother with a fulminating post-partum infection, to a forty-year-old mechanic with tuberculosis, each patient was so much more than symptoms and test results.
After Alaska, Young's rotations were a mix of urban and rural. Seattle for surgery and psychiatry; Spokane for obstetrics; Pocatello, Idaho for pediatrics; back to Seattle for internal medicine where she began to long for the autonomy and open spaces of more rural rotations.
At the end of her third year Young took a difficult rotation in Swaziland, in eastern Africa.Read more ›
Her tone isn't as pompous as some other similar books I've read. She's very down to earth, and doesn't try to make herself sound impressive by using jargon and fancy words. I've already recommended it for friends who are looking into going into medicine. A friend gave this book to me as a gift after reading it, and I plan on doing the same!
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Excellent for medical students and young doctors - a must-have for those new in the profession as well as for older medical folks who forget to listen to their patients...Published 19 months ago by Pat Carroll
I LOVED this book. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in entering the medical field. It gives you a lot of insight into what it's like to be a medical student and... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Greenie2456
Interesting read. I am in the nursing field but haven't had the opportunity to work in the hospital (only homecare nursing which is a different ballgame and a different kind of... Read morePublished on October 5, 2014 by Gajeffrey
It is more like a medical students diary of their experience. Not all that interesting .It's Ok to read if you are a medical student and want to compare your journey.Published on May 2, 2013 by dorothy washburn
Going through this book I find myself making mental notes to remind my students that they have the right (they are paying for this education) and the duty (they may be treating me... Read morePublished on December 29, 2012 by Ogre
Audrey Young, who writes from the heart, has written an interesting take on Hospitals, admissions and her experiences in a raw, honest and dedicated manner. Read morePublished on August 21, 2012 by L. Bossenger
The first chapter is the least interesting portion of the book, but once I got into the second chapter I didn't stop til I finished. The writing is very clear. Read morePublished on April 26, 2012 by SpacemanSpiff
I really enjoyed Dr. Young's book about being a medical student. In it, she covers wide territory, from inner city rotations to learning medicine in remote, rural outposts. Read morePublished on March 24, 2012 by Jack