Practice Makes Perfect: A Review of “The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly”


Last year, I fell in love with memoirs. There was something about the honesty, the first-hand recounting of a life that captivated me.

Matt McCarthy’s The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly was no exception. Deeply personal, gritty, and packed with raw emotion,  The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly is one man’s tale of life as an intern– a look into a physician’s first year post-medical school.

McCarthy holds nothing back, allowing us to see his year as an intern for what it was: full of beauty, trials, growth, and sleep deprivation. Profoundly inspiring, The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly will give every reader, whether with a medical background or not, a greater appreciation for the sacrifices and unique challenges each physician faces. Brutally honest, McCarthy freely acknowledges his mistakes and fears, and chronicles how interactions with his fellow interns, residents, and attendings shaped how he practiced medicine, and how interactions with patients shaped him.

I found The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly to be a fascinating read, ideal for those who love either memoirs or medical non-fiction. Readers do need to be aware that there is a hearty usage of the ‘f’-bomb, as well as other strong language, so it is best suited for mature readers. I give The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly a “B”.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Blogging for Books Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 .


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