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A book review of Playing Doctor Part Two: Residency (Blundering Along with Imposter Syndrome)

A book review of Playing Doctor Part Two: Residency (Blundering Along with Imposter Syndrome)

Stars: ****

John Lawrence (2021)
236 pages

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

Summary: Playing Doctor: Part Two: Residency is a medical memoir full of laugh-out-loud tales, born from chaotic, disjointed, and frightening nights on hospital wards during John Lawrence’s medical training and time as a junior doctor.

This candid autobiography will demystify medical education and inspire you. Equal parts heartfelt, self-deprecating humor, and irreverent storytelling, John takes us along for the ride as he tracks his transformation from uncertain, head injured, liberal-arts student to intern, resident and then medical doctor.

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This is part two in a series that will eventually have more parts. I didn’t read Part One but I still enjoyed the book immensely. In fact it made me want to read Part One. So Book Two is about residency (think Grey’s Anatomy but real). Book One is about Medical School. Book Three (Summer 2022) will be about being Chief Resident.

If you ever wanted to know what it’s like to be in residency for a hospital, this book will show you the ups and downs. Follow the author as he moves from specialty to specialty learning a little about each. Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Radiology, Geriatrics, General Surgery, Pulmonology etc.

His writing style is humourous and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I even laughed out loud a few times. I guess you have to use humour to get through a hard residency program. The author certainly doesn’t pretend to be the best or anything. Far from it in fact as he admits his mistakes openly.

I am glad I got an early look at the book. I think his whole series will do well.

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