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When Michael Collins decided to become a surgeon, he was totally unprepared for the chaotic life of a resident at a major hospital. A natural overachiever, Collins' success in college and medical school led to a surgical residency at one of the most respected medical centers in the world, the famed Mayo Clinic. But compared to his fellow residents, Collins felt inadequate and unprepared. All too soon the euphoria of beginning his career as an orthopedic resident gave way to the feeling he was a counterfeit, an imposter who had infiltrated a society of brilliant surgeons.
This story of Collins' four-year surgical residency traces his rise from an eager but clueless first-year resident to accomplished chief resident in his final year. With unparalleled humor he recounts the disparity between people's perceptions of a doctor's glamorous life and the real thing: a succession of run-down cars that are towed to the junkyard, long weekends moonlighting at rural hospitals, a family that grows larger every year, and a laughable income.
©2005 Michael J. Collins, MD (P)2017 Tantor
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5 out of 5 stars
By Heather on 06-28-17

great for a medical mind

It is a great book for a medical mind. There were many large medical words that intrigued me and the story is very personal to anyone worried about medical school, in their training, or reflecting on the past.

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3 out of 5 stars
By L. Sain on 12-26-17

Just OK

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I really tried to like this doctor, but in the end I didn't. He spells out an interesting journey of trying to figure out how to be a good human being while trying to become a good surgeon. Some of the stories are gruesome so beware if you don't have a strong stomach for this kind of thing. I didn't mind that so much as the uncaring for some patient's pain and fear.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Nobbby on 06-20-17

A great tale of residency.

I absolutely loved this book. To be honest I didn't want it to end.
I wish there was a follow up that covered his years after residency.

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5 out of 5 stars
By T. MOORE on 06-03-17

I really enjoyed this book

It kept my attention throughout, it was to do with the medical world, topic I enjoy.
Recommend for those who also enjoy medical storylines, factual or otherwise.

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By Anonymous User on 01-13-18

A fun yet gruelling journey!

Great narrator. A unique insight into the struggle to become a surgeon. Loved it! Thanks

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