The Year They Tried to Kill Me

Surviving a Surgical Internship Even If the Patients Don't

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"The only people who think you are a doctor are you and your mom.”

Not exactly the warm welcome I hoped for. But I was just a naive Wisconsin boy, fresh out of medical school and new to Oakland, California. I chose Highland Hospital for my surgical internship: an entire year filled with sick patients, brutal work hours, more brutal staff surgeons, and flawed attempts to maintain a long-distance relationship. Yet, somehow, it’s a work of nonfictional comedy.

I take on many roles throughout the story. I’m a kid who still plays Tetris, a guy who can’t commit to his...

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