Thursday, October 15, 2009

This Sunday (October 18): Part II of three-week "Experience of Residency" series

Last week, we kicked off our three-week "Experience of Residency" series by speaking to Dr. Sandeep Jauhar, and that episode is now available on iTunes.

This Sunday (October 18; live streaming audio here on the blog at 12 p.m. ET), we continue our series by speaking to special guest Dr. Michael Collins (left), a practicing orthopedic surgeon in the Chicago area and the author of Hot Lights, Cold Steel and Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs. The former chronicles his experience as a resident at the famed Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota -- where Dr. Collins ultimately ascended to the position of Chief Resident.

Hot Lights, Cold Steel is a wonderfully eye-opening and inspiring memoir... but don't take our word for it.

Publishers Weekly noted that, in the book,
Dr. Collins "details, with admirable humor and insight, the early, virtually sleepless years when he learned not only to perfect his craft but to come to terms with the emotional impact of causing pain and losing patients... There are moving passages about his love for [his wife] Patti and the bonds he developed with other residents, and empathetic evocations of those he treats. Collins describes powerfully how he came to understand that his calling was not just to develop as a skilled surgical technician, but to treat his patients humanely as individuals."

we're looking forward to speaking to Dr. Collins about his experience during residency, as well as his interesting path to medicine (which included working before medical school as a construction worker and cab driver -- hence the title of his second book). And we hope you can join us for this episode as well!

Live streaming audio will be available this Sunday October 18, here on the blog, at 12 p.m. ET.

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Avash Kalra is a medical student at the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University. He is a 2005 graduate of Cornell University, where he majored in Psychology. Before starting medical school, Avash worked for one year at the National Institute on Aging in Baltimore, Maryland, where he conducted research on lifespan extension. He then worked for one year as a clinical research coordinator in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

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