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August 1996

My First Year as a Doctor: Real-World Stories From America's MDs

Arch Ophthalmol. 1996;114(8):1040-1041. doi:10.1001/archopht.1996.01100140248045

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Determining what lies ahead in a career as a physician after many years of training can be a frustrating task. Reliable information is not easy to find. While images of physicians abound in popular culture, they often serve to confuse rather than clarify; novels, television shows, and movies typically give a distorted view of practicing medicine.

Helping the situation for potential physicians is My First Year as a Doctor: Real-World Stories From America's MDs. This book is part of a series that presents employment in a variety of fields, including medicine, law, publishing, and teaching. It is an interesting and enjoyable collection of 18 vignettes, each relating a physician's experience in his or her first year of practice. While principally a guide for those who are considering entering the medical field or for medical students who are choosing a field, these thoughtful accounts will also be of interest to laypeople

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