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Match Day

One Day and One Dramatic Year in the Lives of Three New Doctors

Brian Eule

St. Martin's Griffin

Each year, on the third Thursday in March, more than 15,000 graduating medical students exult, despair, and endure Match Day: the decision of a controversial computer algorithm, which matches students with hospital residencies in every field of medicine. The match determines where each graduate will be assigned the crucial first job as an intern, and shapes the rest of his—or, in increasing number, her—life.

In Match Day, Brian Eule follows three women from the anxious months before the match through the completion of their first year of internship. Each woman struggles to balance professional ambitions and personal relationships, triumphs and crises, and uncertainties and decisions; each makes mistakes, saves lives, and witnesses death; each must keep or jettison the man in her life; each comes to learn what it means to heal, to comfort, to lose, and to grieve, while maintaining a professional demeanor.

Just as One L became the essential book about the education of young attorneys, so Match Day will be for every medical student, doctor, and reader interested in medicine: a guide to what to expect, and a dramatic recollection of a pressured, perilous, challenging, and rewarding time of life.

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Praise for Match Day

Praise for Match Day

“Although the narratives revolve around Match Day, the story is really about how the system of training and practice affects the personal lives of the youngest doctors. . . . Like the best of Hollywood awards ceremonies, this book’s hook may be what is in those little envelopes; but it’s the show that is riveting.” —The New York Times

“Insightful and well written . . . The accounts in this narrative transcend the context of medical training and give the reader a heartfelt look at the nature of intimate relationships in transition. . . . even recent graduates of residency are likely to learn something new about the history, politics, and function of the Match or the continuing debate over work hours."—New England Journal of Medicine

“Highly informative . . . compelling . . . Eule is a gifted storyteller with a knack for anecdotes. He brings us deep into the lives of these young people and celebrates the real-world rigor of residence training. . . . Required reading for future doctors.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Brian Eule

  • Brian Eule is a graduate of Stanford University and received an MFA in writing from Columbia University. He has worked as a journalist for two Massachusetts newspapers, as well as contributing to Stanford Magazine. He lives with his wife in Northern California.

  • Brian Eule
    Brian Eule
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One Day and One Dramatic Year in the Lives of Three New Doctors

Brian Eule

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