Beneath the Short White Coat: A Medical Student Reveals All

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Award-winning author James A. Feinstein, MD, has just released his first full-length book, Short White Coat: Lessons from Patients on Becoming a Doctor, that traces his wild path through the third year of medical school--the grueling clinical year.

A sensitive and sometimes humorous narrative. This should be required reading for every current or potential medical student.

Most people will, at some point or another, either find themselves dressed in a tiny hospital gown or staring at someone else dressed in a tiny hospital gown. Whether from the perspective of a patient, a family member, or a medical professional, we all have a significant stake in the process of medical education. While numerous memoirs recount physicians' grueling experiences during residency, few focus on the even more formative portion of medical training: the third year of medical school--the clinical year. Short White Coat: Lessons from Patients on Becoming a Doctor is the disarmingly honest, yet endearing and sometimes funny account of a medical student's humbling initiation into the world of patient care.

Written during his third year of medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, James Feinstein's Short White Coat uses a series of engaging narrative essays to illustrate the universal life lessons that his very first patients teach him. He examines some of the most common issues and feelings that medical students encounter while learning how to meet, talk with, touch, and care for their patients. Along the way, he learns from his own mistakes before discovering the answer to the question that plagues every medical student: "Do I have what it takes to become a doctor?"

James Feinstein survived medical school and is now thriving as a practicing pediatrician. After graduating from Dartmouth College with a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology, he obtained his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed an internship in pediatrics at Seattle Children's Hospital before returning to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to finish his residency training. His prose has won numerous writing awards, and his short stories have been published in multiple journals. When he is not doctoring or writing, he spends his time in the outdoors, climbing mountains with his wife, Amy.

Short White Coat: Lessons from Patients on Becoming a Doctor (228 pages; ISBN 9781440175138) is currently available from all major retail booksellers, including Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

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