Academic journal article Care Management Journals

Postgraduate Year One: Lessons in Caring

Academic journal article Care Management Journals

Postgraduate Year One: Lessons in Caring

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POSTGRADUATE YEAR ONE: LESSONS IN CARING Kenneth M. Heilman, MD Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2009, 175 pp. (paperback), $24.95

Dr. Kenneth M. Heilman recounts his experience as a medical intern at one of the busiest hospitals in New York City in this easy-to-read memoir. He describes with eloquence the grinding experience of becoming a physician in the 1960s. However, his experience is not foreign to current trainees. Even though the working hours have been regulated since Dr. Heilman's internship, the experiences that he describes in his book are still much in place.

Postgraduate Year One is an account of his patients and the stories his patients shared with him. Dr. Heilman describes his first year of residency as "the most special of my life. This was the first time my work was meaningful, one of the happiest and most fruitful year."

This book is inspirational, not only for medical students and readers who are considering a career in the medical field, but also to any individual who has contact with medical students, residents, and other medical professionals. It is very clear from the book his dedication to learn, not just for the sake of knowledge but to help other people to get better, to improve their lives, and to avoid further complications from disease. …

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