There are a lot of professions where the real learning happens after we graduate and we begin to field test our education on the job. However, when we think about human error, there are some professions in which we do not want to entertain the thought of any mistakes being made at all. Jobs that come to mind are pilots and air traffic controllers, and of course doctors.
The year of residency or internship for an almost-doctor must be an odd one because technically you are an MD already, but you are still under the care of another physician, thus the title of this book. Matt McCarthy has made himself quite vulnerable, revealing just how much he did learn in his first year of being a physician, while still under the tutelage of others. His story is a unique insight into the medical profession and an interesting inside view into how hospitals are run. It may increase your empathy or scare a stool sample out of you.
This memoir is one man’s view. He tells it with compassion and a sense of humour, and I really enjoyed reading it. It would be interesting for doctors and patients alike. I do wonder whether ‘real doctors’ agree with his portrayal and can resonate with it. And what do you patients think? The medical profession and health care systems seem to be highly criticized everywhere, probably because so much is at stake. But how does that make the health care professionals feel, who labour day and night, often to the detriment of their own health and family life. We circle back to the fact that we are human and every profession is as much an art as it is a science.