Match Day

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

Brian Eule

St. Martin's Griffin

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Each year on the third Thursday in March, more than fifteen thousand graduating medical students exult, despair, and endure Match Day: the result of a computer algorithm that assigns students to their hospital residencies in almost every field of medicine. The match determines the crucial first job as an intern, and ultimately shapes the rest of his—or, in increasing numbers, her—life. 

Match Day follows three women from the anxious months of preparation before the match through the completion of their first full year of internship. Each has long dreamed of becoming a doctor. Stephanie Chao is beginning her career as a surgeon.  Rakhi Barkowski must balance her husband’s aspirations with her own desire to work in internal medicine. Michelle LaFonda moves forward in her quest to become a radiologist, but struggles to find progress in her personal relationship. Each woman makes mistakes, saves lives, and witnesses death; each must recognize the balancing act of family and career; and each comes to learn what it means to heal, to comfort, to lose, and to grieve, all 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, an insightful account of the changing world of doctors, and a dramatic recollection of this pressured, perilous, challenging, and rewarding time of life.

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“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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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.

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

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
March 2010
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312602949
ISBN10: 0312602944
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 272 pages
$14.99

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St. Martin's Press
March 2009
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429962582
ISBN10: 1429962585
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 272 pages
$9.99
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