Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Match Day: One Day and One Dramatic Year in the Lives of Three New Doctors” as Want to Read:
Match Day: One Day and One Dramatic Year in the Lives of Three New Doctors
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Match Day: One Day and One Dramatic Year in the Lives of Three New Doctors

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  467 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Three new doctors—all women—struggle to balance professional ambitions and personal relationships, triumphs and crises, uncertainties and decisions, through one pressure-packed day and the first year of their careers in medicine

Each year, on the third Thursday in March, more than 15,000 graduating medical students exult, despair, and endure Match Day: the decision of a
...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 3rd 2009 by St. Martin's Press
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Match Day, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Match Day

Phenomena by Susan TarrChaos at Crescent City Medical Center by Judith LucciThe Imposter by Judith LucciSacred Gold by Linda RawlinsThe God Complex by Chris Titus
Best Books with a Medical Setting.
194th out of 194 books — 133 voters
Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day GeorgeThe Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas AdamsMidnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John BerendtNight Watch by Terry PratchettTwilight by Stephenie Meyer
Time of Day (or Night)
180th out of 194 books — 6 voters


More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 1,083)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Jennifer
Ugggggggh. This book is so bad. Eule offers a primer on the logistics behind Match Day and beyond through the eyes of three Cali/New York women without probing particularly deep. It shifts uncomfortably from one lens to another, occasionally setting up pockets of conflict only to have us realize, wait, umm, that's not actually a conflict. The book's tone shifts from secondhand "he said, she said" dialogue to distanced bureaucratese to weirdly navel-gazey and uncomfortably whiny prose papered wit ...more
Kristin
Read this book while travelling to and from a business trip over the weekend. It is a very quick read as Eule profiles 3 young doctors, including his girlfriend, as they await the matching that will provide them with the next chapter in their medical training. Each doctor is interested in a different specialty and at a different place in her personal life. All females, the doctors profiled not only had to endure this long training, but figure out when and if a pregnancy and caring for children c ...more
Rachel
As a parent of a 2nd year medicial student, this book was so helpful in giving me insight in what to possibly expect and most especially, what our son will experience. I think it will assist us in encouraging him and helping out where we can. Thank you.
Liralen
Interesting enough in some respects (reminds me in places of the way cadets choose assignments at West Point...), but it's rather devoid of tension, no? Eule brings in some interesting statistics and anecdotes, but his book is structured mostly around three women who are first waiting to be matched with residencies and then undergoing their intern year. They are subjects of convenience -- Eule's then-girlfriend and two friends -- rather than subjects selected because they are particularly intere ...more
Darryl
Match Day is the most important — and most nerve wracking — day for graduating students in every medical school in the United States, as more than 15,000 fourth years find out which residency program they have been matched to. The process involves a complicated dance, in which students interview at different hospitals and medical schools with their prospective program directors, attending physicians, and future resident colleagues, and both the students and the residency programs submit ranked l ...more
Annie
Dec 16, 2009 Annie added it
Got this book as a birthday present from my friend Ros. (Thank you Ros!) I finished it within ~2 weeks of picking it up - it was a combination of my intense fascination with interviewing and the residency match process - now that I'm immersed in it - and my procrastinating studying for Step II and my neuro shelf. Either way, it was a quick read and not disappointing. A little on the cheesy side at times, but heartfelt and down to earth. This is a true story narrated by a guy whose girlfriend is ...more
Shana
Next on the list: Brian Eule’s Match Day: One Day and One Dramatic Year in the Lives of Three New Doctors, which I had been looking forward to since coming across a description of this event online. It sounds like a very emotional and thrilling day, kind of like a bigger version of college acceptance/rejection season. I never knew there was this whole system to how residents are matched with hospitals and programs!

Eule’s introduction into this world came from his then girlfriend (now wife), who
...more
Marie
Feb 13, 2012 Marie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
I thought the book was going to lead up to the Match Day reveal, but it actually takes the Match as its departure point. One of the doctors profiled in the book describes the trip to the Match Day ceremony as reminiscent of the climb of a roller coaster, before you shoot off onto the ride. Eule lays out the stakes for each doctor -- relationships, partners' careers, families, and of course career opportunities -- and then follows each doctor (all young women) through her intern year. (That's sea ...more
Brittany Fleer
Not a useful book if you want to know more about being a doctor. (Summary: residency is busy and difficult.) But decently written and somewhat useful for the general impact on family, at least for that one particular year.
Laura De
I really liked this book! I've always found medical memoirs to be interesting, and this one is really interesting. I also liked all the history and stats on gender equality in medicine and how the match process works. The three female doctors and their stories are likable and fun to follow.
Caroline
This a really interesting book. It traces the lives of 3 women from the time they're medical students about to be 'matched' by a computer algorithm to residency programs at hospitals around the country. The 3 women are different, all in relationships, one partner being a medical student as well, and within the year of their internship, we follow them through their experiences with facing death, making mistakes, struggling to maintain their relationships, and also learning how to heal and provide ...more
Nette
Not bad -- I almost always enjoy medical memoirs, and this one was well-written -- but I didn't really connect with the excitement and stress surrounding Match Day, when the three featured medical students find out where they're going to intern. Will this brilliant and talented student match to her first choice, UC San Francisco, or her second choice, UCLA? Will this one be matched to a school near her boyfriend? (Dramatically, it's right up there with "Will the Stanford summa cum laude be accep ...more
Ellyn
Apr 10, 2011 Ellyn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
This book follows three female doctors through their last year of medical school and first year of residency. It also explores medical education in the United States and how it has changed over the years and looks at some of the special challenges facing the growing numbers of female doctors, such as work/life balance and when and if to have children. I thought it was a really interesting book; it provides lots of insight into what it takes to become a doctor, and the hopes, goals, and challenge ...more
Ellen Keim
Match Day reveals what medical students have to go through to get residencies. I wasn't aware of "The Match" until I started working for a company that prepares foreign doctors to take their medical licensing exams. It's a crazy and somewhat mysterious system and the author does a good job of explaining it. He also covers the first year of residency, the debate over long hours and details about the various specializations. This would be an excellent book for someone in his or her early years of ...more
Kathy
What is Match Day? It comes every year in March when medical students graduate and--depending on which hospitals they have ranked on a submitted list--find out exactly where in the country they will be spending the next 4-7 years of their lives. Brian Eule does a great job of describing how these choices determine so many important aspects of the future as he follows three young women for one year after their Match Day assignments. He should know; he was dating a young woman who wanted to become ...more
Amy
Thought this book was well-written and an incredible fast read (meaning it kept me reading - I didn't want to put it down!). I really appreciated Eule's earnest perspective on the lives of those in the field of medicine and his exploration of relationships within the medical field. As a female going into medicine, this book was really helpful in terms of laying out the land and giving me some insight into what I can expect. It also touched upon a lot of issues that I think every medical student ...more
David
very well-written, engaging book about the internship match process, and then the internship year itself, for physicians in training. He gives general overview, cites studies and position papers (e.g., in relation to the debate over whether interns/residents' long hours and resulting fatigue play a role in causing preventable medical errors), but for the most part the book follows three interns through the process. One is the author's girlfriend, but he brings the other couples to life nearly as ...more
Elynor
Eule follows the Match stories of 4 different med students.Just the book I've been looking for! As the spouse of an M3--almost M4--next year's Match is on my mind a lot. I really appreciated how this book is told from the perspective of the SO (boyfriend, later husband) of a med student. Read in one weekend. Things that I will now think about as my husband and I start the ranking process next year: does the residency have a spouse support group? is there housing near the hospital (sleep deprived ...more
Noah
It's hard to say what exactly this book is about - there are certainly broader lessons about medical education, medical practice, human relationships, and all that. But it's also something of a memoir - one of the three subjects is the author's girlfriend - and is deeply personal (sometimes too much so). I'm not going to try to deconstruct it too much, and instead just say that I enjoyed it enough to read it all in one sitting. It loses some steam toward the end, but I thought Eule was an able s ...more
Catherine
The author wrote this book about his then girlfriend, now wife, and 2 of their female friends as they completed medical school. The title refers to "Match Day," when graduating medical students are assigned to the hospitals where they will serve out their residencies.

The book addresses dilemmas unique to women doctors, as well as issues common to all medical first-year residents. Lots of focus on their love lives, but not much in the way of friendship and coworker interactions. Way too many page
...more
Kayla
This is an interesting book for someone who likes reading about medicine or wants to go into medicine. There is too much about the personal lives of these women though. I read this book for the professional aspect.

It's a quick read though, and I would still recommend it for someone considering medicine as a career.
Rebecca Lech
Fast and interesting read for anyone interested in going through the medical school/intern & residency process, or for the significant other of someone pursuing this path. Eule gives a good firsthand explanation of three different scenarios and the pressures that come from each person's academic and personal lifestyle. I would highly recommend it for any pre-med students and their families in order to get a glimpse in the kind of life that lays ahead.
Soumya Rangarajan
like the author quotes a review of Patch Adams being "a shameless piece of sentimentality", I would describe this book the same way. I'd consider this a light fluffy beach novel for the initiated med student, or a decent intro to medicine for those who know nothing about it. The big thing that irked me is out of 250 pages, one paragraph and one line were dedicated to people who are single in med school/residency. We aren't THAT weird...
Laura
This was a quick read and interesting to read about med students waiting to find out where they will do their residency. It follows four students in getting their envelops, through their first year as interns. Certainly gives you a sense of how new doctors feel and the difficulties they experience in getting their degrees! I was thinking of Stu's niece, Alicia as she begins this process!
Laura (Lolo)
Although this started out very well. I was left torn as to the key message, which was supposed to be a first account of women entering medicine... except the book was written by a man, who is not in the medical field. He is married to one of the key characters in the book and tried to write things from her view point. I found that weird and also discredited the validity of the book.
Cheryl
Brian Eule follows the lives of three female medical students as they prepare for Match Day, and then as they begin the first year of residency. Readers will feel a real appreciation for the dedication and perseverance displayed by new doctors as they face the challenge of juggling their personal lives with the extreme demands of their profession. An absorbing and interesting read!!
Celeste
Found it strangely off-putting that the author is writing about his surgeon-in-training wife and their friends. The book can't make up its mind if it wants to be about Match Day (in which case it should have been an article), the personal repercussions of Match Day, or the general trials and tribulations of female doctors. I found it hard to read about all three at once.
Laura Hughes
A journalist whose girlfriend is a doctor reports on the algorithm-based hospital-and-doctor matching process that dominated the thoughts and wore the nerves of his closest friends, and then on the first year of residency of three new doctors. Engaging, personal, narrative-style journalism that gives a good window into a life that's unusual for most of us.
Nuree
gave a really great perspective into lives of medical students ranking their lists for the Match that'll determine the direction of their careers and lives. also great insight into the life of significant others who have committed themselves to these med students and first year interns. Intern year is grueling on both the intern and his/her SO!
Sarah
Okay, so arguably not the greatest book of all time, but still an interesting read for those of you connected to the medical profession in some way. The author is a journalist whose partner goes through the match process and starts her residency at UCLA...it will bring back memories for anyone who has deliberated over a match list for months:-)
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 36 37 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • What I Learned in Medical School: Personal Stories of Young Doctors
  • White Coat: Becoming A Doctor At Harvard Medical School
  • The Intern Blues: The Timeless Classic About the Making of a Doctor
  • Something for the Pain: Compassion and Burnout in the ER
  • On Call: A Doctor's Days and Nights in Residency
  • Just Here Trying to Save a Few Lives: Tales of Life and Death from the ER
  • Becoming a Doctor: A Journey of Initiation in Medical School
  • A Not Entirely Benign Procedure: Four Years as a Medical Student
  • Brain Surgeon: A Doctor's Inspiring Encounters with Mortality and Miracles
  • What Patients Taught Me: A Medical Student's Journey
  • Intern: A Doctor's Initiation
  • Emergency!: True Stories From The Nation's ERs
  • Walk on Water: The Miracle of Saving Children's Lives
  • Hospital: Man, Woman, Birth, Death, Infinity, Plus Red Tape, Bad Behavior, Money, God and Diversity on Steroids
  • Incidental Findings: Lessons from My Patients in the Art of Medicine
  • Another Day in the Frontal Lobe: A Brain Surgeon Exposes Life on the Inside
  • Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs: The Making of a Surgeon
  • Bedside Manners: One Doctor's Reflections on the Oddly Intimate Encounters Between Patient and Healer
Basketball for Fun!

Share This Book