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Becoming a doctor

Becoming a Doctor: Reflections by Therese Zink, M.D., M.P.H.

U medical students and alumni tell their stories in this updated compilation

In a poem called Metropolitan Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School alumnus Anjali Wilcox, M.D. (Class of 2012), describes treating a pregnant woman who is battling alcoholism, homelessness, and other challenges:

“She tells her story. I begin to listen. To empathize rather than criticize,” she writes. “The barrier falls. Her trials and tribulations make mine insignificant.”

Wilcox’s poem is one example of the poignant writing that fills the recently published second edition of Becoming a Doctor: Reflections, featuring stories by current and former University and Mayo medical students about their experiences in medicine.

The book’s editor, University faculty member and School of Public Health alumna Therese Zink, M.D., M.P.H., is no stranger to documenting what it means to be a doctor. She has written extensively on the subject and served as editor and contributing writer on another major book project, The Country Doctor Revisited: A Twenty-First Century Reader, a collection of essays, poems, and short stories about rural health published in 2010.

The Minnesota Medical Association Foundation funded the first edition (2011) of Becoming a Doctor. All Minnesota medical students receive a copy during orientation. The second edition is available in digital and print formats.

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