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Marleny Franco, who moved from the Dominican Republic to Boston's Dominican projects when she was nine, must first overcome social and cultural barriers and those she constructs herself. Michael Norton, a devout Mormon, juggles the pressures of medical school along with family responsibilities and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Millie Gentry, a fashion model, tries to balance the demands of medical school with finding time to go out with friends and volunteer at the local free clinic.
These are personal stories, yet they reflect significant issues in medical education. Franco, Norton, and Gentry try to master an ever-increasing load of medical science, confront problems of professionalism, and learn the importance of empathy. Each must make personal sacrifices, including taking on crushing debt, pursuing round-the-clock work, and neglecting family, friends, and health.
White Coats focuses on the human side of the transformation from student to doctor and will appeal to anyone interested in health care, medical education, and the hopes, struggles, and joys of aspiring doctors.
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By Sasha on 01-13-15
good for premed
I really enjoyed listening to this. I'd give it a 4.5 stars . the reading was a little robot-like and stacatoed but not so much that it distracted from the story. I enjoyed hearing about the journey of med students from start to finish. And the emotional experiences provided valuable insight. I'm grateful to the author for providing a resource for people not yet in medical school to get a glimpse at what's to come.
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By Tommy B. McDonell, Ph.D. on 03-06-15
Amazing Story can teach you about your doctors
I really liked this book as it made me think about both my doctors and about my brother. Medical school is amazingly difficult and not just because of subject matter. The doctor has to fit his or her personality, upbringing and culture or way of life into a rigorous course of study.
I definitely recommend this book!
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