Life After Medical School: Thirty-two Doctors Describe how They Shaped Their Medical Careers

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1996 - Medicine - 344 pages
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Wanting to provide an insider's view of the rewards and difficulties of a medical career, Dr. Leonard Laster (physician, researcher, teacher, and columnist) interviewed 32 physicians to learn how their careers developed. We encounter a cornucopia of commonalities that have directed their professional lives. One became a physician to homeless people, another the CEO of a major pharmaceutical corporation, another a family physician after overcoming the barriers of racial prejudice, another the Surgeon General, another a state governor, and yet another the editor of one of the world's most prestigious medical journals. Life After Medical School contains reflections by training program directors on which person fits which path. Dr. Laster wisely pays much attention to whether it is more rewarding to be a generalist or a specialist. The storytellers conjure truthful portraits of their personal and professional lives as generalists. This personal career guide is of special appeal to parents and mentors of young people considering a career in medicine, to premedical and medical students, to residents-in-training, and to midcareer physicians. The book is also a treat to general readers in search of a frank and sensitive account of the nature of professionalism in medicine and what it means to be a doctor in today's swiftly changing world.
 

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Good idea but tedious writing and badly structured. Perhaps catering too much to a US audience. I should also note that I'm not in medical school but am generally interested in medicine. Read full review

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Leonard Laster was allowed to become Chancellor at UMass Medical Center only because no one else would come to a place where "the Jews ran the place". He was removed from his job because he was violent and incompetent. He battered his secretaries, made racial remarks, and was so out of control that he was put out to pasture, but given a large salary and pension. He specifically interfered with whistle-blowing about the worst sexual assaulter in the USA, Lewis E. Braverman MD, who engaged in violent indecent A&B of the breasts of all of his female patients, by calling the whistle-blower a "loose cannon".
Paul Barreira MD is a highly unethical, power-mongering, misogynist from the Harvard system. He abused multiple women at UMass Medical Center. He had no concern for patient or staff safety. One resident was physically injured by a patient and another was allowed to be stalked at the hospital by a dangerous psychotic patient. Barreira allowed violent Jew David Gitlin MD to abuse all of the female residents, social workers and patients. The women in the medical center were forced to submit to sexual harassment, intimidation, ridicule and psychological abuse so severe it caused injuries and psychiatric decompensation. I lost my lovely sister; one of my patients became psychotic. I ended up living in motels and was subjected to violent abuse. Note that Barreira has received multiple awards from his fellow Harvard abusers.
Dr. Linda Pape worked in Cardiology with Joel M. Gore MD who was allowed to stalk and threaten a former girlfriend. He went to jail for violating restraining orders but is still employed at UMass Medical Center.
Aaron Lazare MD who oversaw this medical center is a violent Jew from Harvard who engaged in substantial violence and discrimination against women while he was a department chairman. He was awarded with more power, a large salary and pension and of course, a special building to commemorate his abuses.
Don't buy this book.
 

Contents

Prelude
1
THE FIVEFOLD PATHTHE BASIC
11
Medicine Donald Girard M D
13
Surgery Thomas J Vander Salm M D
23
Psychiatry PeterD Kramer M D
43
Anesthesiology Theodore Evan Dushane M D
44
Pathology Gerald Nash M D
54
Radiology DavidPhillips M D
64
Ophthalmology William K Harris M D
179
Urology Mani Menon M D
189
Orthopedic Surgery GeraldG Steinberg M D
197
Cardiology Linda A Pape M D
203
Clinical Research John L Sullivan M D
213
WHICH PERSON FOR WHICH PATH? REFLECTIONS OF TRAINING PROGRAM DIRECTORS
225
Medicine David Clive M D
227
Surgery John Herrmann M D
235

Pursuits Distanced from Clinical Medicine
71
Corporate CEO P Roy Vagelos M D
72
Foundation President Steven A Schroeder M D
78
GENERALIST OR SPECIALIST
89
Caring for the Homeless Lori E Fantry M D
93
Family Practice John H Gould M D
103
Emergency Medicine Irvin N Heifetz M D
113
General Internal Medicine William G Muller M D
121
General Pediatrics Thomas G DeWitt M D
133
General Surgery MichaelD Wertheimer M D
143
Infectious Diseases Sarah H Cheeseman M D
153
Oncology Marcia K Liepman M D
163
Dermatology JeffreyD Bernhard M D
173
Psychiatry Paul Barreira M D
245
Pediatrics Evan Charney M D
253
NATIONAL HEALTH POLICY PARTICIPATING PHYSICIANS
263
State Governor Howard Dean M D
265
Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders M D
277
Editor of a Major Medical Journal Arnold S Relman M D
289
CONFRONTING OBSTACLES AND SETBACKS
303
Racial Barriers Walter C Reynolds M D
305
Malpractice Litigation Murray Pendleton M D
323
Personal Illness Ganson Pur cell M D
333
What Next?
341
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