The Survival Bible for Women in Medicine
By K. Ko
Published March 15th 1998 by CRC Press – 96 pages
This is the first practical women's guide on how to succeed in medical residency. Herself a practicing neurosurgeon who survived 6 years of residency, 2 years of fellowship, and over 1,000 nights on call, author Kathryn Ko explains in detail how women can finish residency in top form while remaining truly feminine and not missing out on life. Dr. Ko's book contains seven main chapters, beginning with detailed instructions on how to prepare for residency between Match Day and July 1. Other chapters explain how to look your best at the right time, the anatomy of the on call bag, quick tips on preparing professional grand rounds on short notice, help from nurses and mentors, how to avoid falling prey to sexual discrimination and harassment, childcare options, publishing and presentations and how to give a good impression, how to learn procedures and surgery taught by men, how to use technology to make life simpler, how to organize your home and personal and social affairs, and all about the business of medicine, including contracts, malpractice, and finances. Includes bibliographic references and an index.
Introduction. Prep - Balance. Getting in the door. Curriculum vitae. Interview. Talk the talk. Match. No match. Operating - First impression, Set Up. Safety. The White Coat. Anatomy of an on call bag. The professional uniform. Bag it. Presentation attire. The emergency dress. Diamonds and pearls. Found objects in the hospital. On call open time. Life Support - The women around us. Secretaries. Nurses. Ms M.D. The men around us. Glass Scalpel - Harassment. Discrimination. Salty Tears. Making Rain. Speak up and trash the glass scalpel. The last-minute presentation. Grand rounds. National conference talks. The question period. Research opportunities. Procedures - Don't apologize too early. Overcoming the strength factor with finesse. Tolls and space. Your Recovery Room - Using technology to make life simpler. Organizing the home. Exercise. Eating. Pregnancy and children. Hired help. Family. The Consultants - The contract. The business of medicine. Malpractice. Finances. Discharge Instructions. Index.