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A doctor's first year of medical residency is one of the most harrowing of his or her professional life: 80-hour workweeks, perpetual exhaustion, mental pressures and moral conundrums. I've sought to convey a sense of that confusing, tumultuous time through a history of my own apprenticeship. Here, you can read about my books (Intern: A Doctor's Initiation and Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician), browse articles I've written on modern medicine, and connect with me on Twitter for my daily thoughts and reactions.


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I am walking on a muddy path. The rain has ceased, and puddles are shimmering in the moonlight. I am wearing olive green Gap pants, beat- up Hugo Boss shoes, and an orange Patagonia Windbreaker. I am the picture of success.

I start to run. Trees and poles hurtle past me as head down, eyes fixed, I sprint down the trail. Wet leaves scrape against my face as I swat them away. Shadows oscillate. The wind is swirling like a loud yawn from heaven. I stumble on roots, but I keep on going.

Sleep has been hopeless. I haven’t been able to nod off for more than a few hours at night, and sedatives leave me even groggier the following day. A strange feeling has taken hold of me, and it won’t let go. “It isn’t anger,” I told Dr. Adams, my psychiatrist, “as much as butterflies in the stomach.”

“Why the anxiety?”

“I don’t know, but I am waking up with it and the workday hasn’t even begun. How do I make it stop?”

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