On Call: A Doctor's Days and Nights in Residency

On Call: A Doctor's Days and Nights in Residency Review

On Call begins with a newly-minted doctor checking in for her first day of residency--wearing the long white coat of an MD and being called "Doctor" for the first time. Having studied at Yale and Dartmouth, Dr. Emily Transue arrives in Seattle to start her internship in Internal Medicine just after graduating from medical school. This series of loosely interconnected scenes from the author's medical training concludes her residency three years later.

During her first week as a student on the medical wards, Dr. Transue watched someone come into the emergency room in cardiac arrest and die. Nothing like this had ever happened to her before-it was a long way from books and labs. So she began to record her experiences as she gained confidence putting her book knowledge to work.

The stories focus on the patients Dr. Transue encountered in the hospital, ER and clinic; some are funny and others tragic. They range in scope from brief interactions in the clinic to prolonged relationships during hospitalization. There is a man newly diagnosed with lung cancer who is lyrical about his life on a sunny island far away, and a woman, just released from a breathing machine after nearly dying, who sits up and demands a cup of coffee.

Though the book has a great deal of medical content, the focus is more on the stories of the patients' lives and illnesses and the relationships that developed between the patients and the author, and the way both parties grew in the course of these experiences.

Along the way, the book describes the life of a resident physician and reflects on the way the medical system treats both its patients and doctors. On Call provides a window into the experience of patients at critical junctures in life and into the author's own experience as a new member of the medical profession.

Title:On Call: A Doctor's Days and Nights in Residency
Edition Language:English

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    On Call: A Doctor's Days and Nights in Residency Reviews

  • Samantha

    What got me interested in reading this book was the title, and the cover. When I looked at it, I immediately was reminded of the televisions shows "House" and "Scrubs", which are some of my favorite s...

  • Terri Ann

    Having worked in academic medicine for 10 years, this seems to be an accurate accounting of the life of a resident. Having worked all of that time with surgeons, it was interesting to see medicine spe...

  • Imran

    Honest. Dr. Transue writes with a sense of honesty not seen in many other ‘Doctor’ books. This isn’t a romanticized tale of how a doctor is made nor is it an account on the clinical thoughts of ...

  • Anastasiya

    wow wow wow! LOVED this one. I have recently been so interested in medicine (esp since starting by job at the hospital) and the real and raw writing of Emily Transue made me wish this book never ended...

  • Riley Fasano

    The author did a great job in describing the struggles of internship and residency. I found each story to be interesting and I feel as though I learned a lot about what it takes to become and be a doc...

  • Katie

    I tore through this memoir of one doctor's experience going through her three years of medical residency. I thought it was really interesting, and in an interesting, anecdotal format. The author appar...

  • Kim

    Quick, enjoyable read. Dr. Transue shares different stories about her years in residency. Given my experience working in a teaching hospital, I particularly enjoyed and identified with many of the sto...

  • Mauri

    Almost a relief after reading Becoming a Doctor. Transue is upbeat about her experience. She experiences thet same heartbreaks and cruel colleagues that Melvin Konner and others have, but she lets t...

  • Jawaher Al Zeyoudi

    As someone going to start her medical internship in a month I was excited to read a memoir about life as a resident in internal medicine. Instead each chapter is a story about the author's encounter w...

  • Doninaz

    “On Call” is a book about Dr. Transue’s experiences during her three-year Internal Medicine residency (mostly in her first year internship) focusing on trauma and indigent care. Her collection o...