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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Insightful and Honest, Must read for anyone considering medical school. Sept. 4 2007
By S. S. Mahmood - Published on Amazon.com
Not just for minorities or those who have faced hardships on the road to becoming a doctor, this book paints a very realistic and (often) terrifying tales of students' worst experiences in medical school.

While it may seem intuitive that medical school is easier if you have financial support as well as a healthy personal and family life, not all of us are so lucky. This is a collection of stories from those who have found themselves in an unlucky position at one time or another. While most of them faced prejudices, the culture at medical schools has become more accepting; however, many challenges still remain. The most important part of the book is towards the end where a list of problems plaguing our medical school is outlined in a concise, clear manner. These issues are important whatever your race, creed or gender.

The face of healthcare is changing and our medical schools must change with it. The obstacles created by academic beaurocracy and an unforgiving system apply to all of us. I would heavily recommend this to anyone apply for or already in medical school.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Not too shabby. Feb. 8 2008
By Tony J. Ammirati - Published on Amazon.com
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Not the best book I have read of this type, but interesting. Some of the writers come across as a little too self-involved (woe is me stories are not my favorite) and I skipped the poetry sections. Keven Takakuma's story made the whole purchase worth while, in my opinion.
I imagine if you are a minority going into med school, you could relate very well to the stories of the struggles and concerns of these students.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent essays, but don't buy it to learn about how it will be in med school March 24 2010
By C. Fox - Published on Amazon.com
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I liked the format of the book. Discrete essays that allowed you to pick up the book whenever you had 5 or 10 minutes to read. Inspiring stories. Light-hearted. However, I bought the book to read about the experiences physicians had in medical school and what they learned there. I was looking for a "heads up." If you are looking for a "heads up" about medical school, do NOT buy this book. If you want to read some personal essays that are thoughtful and you like to read something light before bed, buy the book.
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What I Learned In Medical School July 13 2008
By M. P. Tanner - Published on Amazon.com
A collection of touching and unforgettable true-life stories of a group of diverse individuals in pursuit of a career in medicine. Some of the stories are so intense that they leave you wanting more and wondering whether these people finally achieved their goals. This book proves that you can get accepted to medical school regardless of your ethnicity, religion, income, social status or sexual orientation.
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What I learned in Medical School: Personal Stories of Young Doctors Feb. 10 2008
By Cindy S. Calvo - Published on Amazon.com
I believe this was a great book. It was interesting and certain things they mention I can relate. My mentor let me borrow the book and it really motivated me to continue on the path of medicine.


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