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Intern: A Doctor’s Initiation PDF is a 2007 nonfiction autobiographical account of Dr. Sandeep Jauhar’s first year as an medical intern, fresh from medical school. While interning at New York Hospital, Jauhar kept records of his days during his time in training by writing in a journal about his days, patients, and interaction with other doctors. He used his journals to write his memoir, which focuses on his introduction to practicing medicine, his disillusionment as a medical student, and his imposter syndrome.[1]

The Author: Sandeep Jauhar

Sandeep Jauhar (Author of Intern)

Born: December 16, 1968
Twitter: sjauhar
Genre: Memoir, History, Nonfiction
Member Since: February 2017

Sandeep Jauhar has written three books, all published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. His first book, “Intern: A Doctor’s Initiation,” was a national bestseller and was optioned by NBC for a dramatic television series.

His second book, “Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician,” released in August 2014, was a New York Times bestseller and was named a New York Post Best Book of 2014. It was praised as “highly engaging and disarmingly candid” by The Wall Street Journal, “beautifully written and unsparing” by The Boston Globe, and “extraordinary, brave and even shocking” by The New York Times.

“Heart: A History,” his latest book, an Best Book of the Month, tells the colorful and little-known story of the doctors who risked their careers and the patients who risked their lives to know and heal our most vital organ. It has been praised as “gripping…(and) strange and captivating” by The New York Times, “fascinating” by The Washington Post, “poignant and chattily erudite” by The Wall Street Journal, and “elegiac” by The American Scholar. It was named a best book of 2018 by the Mail on Sunday, Science Friday, Zocalo Public Square, and the Los Angeles Public Library, and was the PBS NewsHour/New York Times book club pick for January 2019. It was a finalist for the 2019 Wellcome Book Prize

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Number of Pages; 385

Size; 150Mb

Author: Sandeep Jauhar

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Top reviews from the United States

Kalikiano Kalei

December 21, 2018

This is an important book and one that I only recently discovered after the passing of the much-respected Chief of Invasive Cardiology at Oakland’s Highland General Hospital (Dr. Walter Stullman). That event prompted me to reflect on my own years at Highland in the cath lab, back in the late 70s/early 80s, and led to my discovery of Dr. Sandeep Jauhar’s very insightful recounting of his own formative years as an intern and resident. In his book, Jauhar reflects on the experiences that led to his choice of cardiology as a specialty, and anyone who has followed that incredibly arduous path from medical school to professional practice will experience many moments of satori in its pages. Dr. Juhar lucidly describes the challenges and ordeals awaiting those who choose medicine as a profession, but just as importantly he reflects upon the underlying ethical and moral humanity that is a requisite underpinning in the diagnosis and treatment of human afflictions. This is a book that belongs on the reference shelf of anyone involved with medicine today (at any level), as our modern scientific and technological prowess threatens to overwhelm our humane intuitions and feelings. Dr. Jauhar’s academic background (he holds a PhD in physics as well as credentials in journalism) has enabled him to put a unique and valuable personal perspective on his experiences as a young doctor that is both refreshing and extraordinary. [Among his other published works is another I would strongly recommend: ‘The Heart: A History’]. I think you will enjoy this book as I did, since it’s…if you’ll pardon the jest…’straight from the heart!’



July 19, 2014

For me, reading this memoir was an experience of intense immersion in the author’s psyche as he navigates the process of development psychologists call identity formation. He spends an unusually long time in the “moratorium” phase of that process, in which there’s an active but uncommitted exploration of differing personal values and roles. He’s an apt observer of his inner world, so his memoir, though titled “Intern,” is really less another general story about the rigors of becoming a doctor and more a very individual narrative of coming of age. As the main character of his story, he’s a brilliant and brooding young man defying his family’s expectations that he’ll follow in his older brother’s footsteps to become a doctor (preferably a prestigious and highly paid specialist) by instead pursuing postgraduate studies in theoretical physics (but not before detours to get accepted by all the best law schools and travels to undertake challenging volunteer work abroad). In spite of his self-assessment that he isn’t quite brilliant enough to do theoretical physics, he goes on to write a dissertation on quantum dots. But his restlessness doesn’t abate. He suffers angst and anomie from feeling more oriented to the random quantum than to the orderly classical world. It’s a crisis of meaning and of personal significance. He wants to stop thinking and start acting. So he finally makes his parents happy by going to medical school … and (as written in the stars at his birth) on to a crisis of self-confrontation in his internship, a decidedly nonacademic environment where he immediately senses he doesn’t fit in and feels overwhelmed by having to act without thinking.

He is a very good writer. He has a wonderful way of introducing simple concepts from physics as metaphoric bridges to help himself (and his readers) creatively reconceptualize a personal or medical problem so that he (we) can understand it and/or find solutions (sometimes the solution is just the understanding). There is no real end to a memoir–a self-reflective person will go on learning from experience and growing–but I doubt the core traits that make this hero of his own story (as we all are) turn inward, introspect, brood, and challenge himself again and again will let him rest for very long.



July 16, 2019

Wow awesome book! I re-lived my own internship all over again. Got to round with Dr Jauhar in the icu and the medical floors, at morning report, at attending rounds..felt like i was on the hot seat again getting pimped. So relatable on so many levels for those who went thru the R1 year. The cases he describes too brought so much humanity to the bedside, all the while trying to learn what only can be learned by doing (see one, do one, teach one?). The ward teams, nurses, hospital politics, uncertainty, sleepless nights, the do first, ask questions later of intern survivorship..its all there. And i even enjoyed the different hospitals and cities he took us to throughout the book. At Cal berkeley, where Dr Jauhar finished a PhD in physics prior to his medical internship, i found myself driving around telegraph hill and up and around the campus towards the Lawrence Berkeley labs and down past international house just to get a feel for what he was leaving behind. I read up on New York presbyterian , Memorial Sloan, and Bellevue where he worked at. And in the later chapters of the book “walked” up from the Bellevue campus towards the upper east side retracing his thoughts and reflections after internship, and mine as well. Just a great read and tour de force of all that is experienced in the training of a new doctor.



June 21, 2014

An interesting take on this MD’s internship. You can only learn so much in a book and then you have to practice on patients. Sandeep survived and even went on to become a cardiologist. More practice and opportunities for learning.
Medicine is a process of deduction, and experience. The part that gets me is the inhumanity of internship, the long hours without sleep, the pecking order of the teaching staff; how is one supposed to learn to be empathetic in an atmosphere that is grueling, and fraught with the possibility of errors. This training is part of the “old boy’s club” where the older physicians want to make the younger ones suffer like they did. This is no longer the dark ages, and I wouldn’t want someone taking care of me who has a hard time thinking straight!


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