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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Matt McCarthy Narrator: Matt McCarthy Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2015 ISBN: 9781101889244
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In medical school, Matt McCarthy dreamed of being a different kind of doctor—the sort of mythical, unflappable physician who could reach unreachable patients. But when he almost lost a new admission his first night on call, he found himself scrambling. Visions of mastery quickly gave way to hopes of simply surviving hospital life, where confidence was hard to come by and no amount of med school training could dispel the terror of facing actual patients.

This funny, candid memoir of McCarthy’s intern year at a New York hospital provides a scorchingly frank look at how doctors are made, taking readers into patients’ rooms and doctors’ conferences to witness a physician’s journey from ineptitude to competence. McCarthy’s one stroke of luck paired him with a brilliant second-year adviser he called “Baio” (owing to his resemblance to the Charles in Charge star), who proved to be a remarkable teacher with a wicked sense of humor. McCarthy would learn even more from the people he cared for, including a man named Benny, who was living in the hospital for months at a time awaiting a heart transplant. But no teacher could help McCarthy when an accident put his own health at risk and showed him all too painfully the thin line between doctor and patient.

The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly offers a window into hospital life that dispenses with sanctimony and self-seriousness while emphasizing the black-comic paradox of becoming a doctor: How do you learn to save lives in a job where there is no practice?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It’s an account so engaging that I went from swearing never to let an intern near me to understanding exactly why the doctor-training process works the way it does.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A real delight…an entertaining window into an unknown world.”

    USA Today

  • “McCarthy gives readers a brutally honest, often darkly comical glimpse into the formative days of his medical career…an enthralling account of the metamorphosis of an uncertain medical resident into a skilled physician.”


  • “[This] rousing memoir describes [a] tumultuous year of medical internship at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, a twelve-month marathon noteworthy for a steep learning curve, emotional extremes, and chronic sleep deprivation…A genuine glimpse at the making of a doctor.”


  • “Matt McCarthy offers an engaging narration of his reflections on his first year as a medical intern…His delivery is animated and conversational, a style that reflects the content…[and] his emotional bond with some of his patients rings true. Overall, he presents an enlightening story in an intensely personal and occasionally humorous way.”


  • “Well-written and brutally honest…told with uncommon frankness and perception. The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly is one of the most powerful books about a doctor-in-training I have ever read. The author vividly describes the crushing emotional and physical demands a young doctor must face, and he does so with consummate skill and compassion. A marvelous book.”

    Michael Collins, author of Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs

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