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

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  590 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
Each year on the third Thursday in March, more than fifteen thousand graduating medical students exult, despair, and endure Match Day: the result of a computer algorithm that assigns students to their hospital residencies in almost every field of medicine. The match determines the crucial first job as an intern, and ultimately shapes the rest of his—or, in increasing numbe ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published March 3rd 2009)
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Feb 23, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
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
Oct 11, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An interesting topic from a boring writer. I enjoy the medical memoir genre but the author came off as childish and insincere, which made it difficult to trust or become invested in the characters.
Feb 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Match Day by Brian Eule is an informative interesting novel about the process of match day. We learn that match day is the important date for doctors in which they learn where they will spend their first year working after medical school. The book is very informative about a process that not many people besides doctors know much about. Match Day follows three doctors from their last year in medical school awaiting their match to the end of their first year as a doctor. The author showed the toll ...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
May 30, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Apr 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 10, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 30, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: medical
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...
Aug 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jan 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommended to aya by: Tanya
Informative for someone who knows next to nothing about match day and what it is to be an intern/resident. Writing and author gets a little cheese puffed-out for my taste sometimes, especially when he dwells on the cutesy details of his relationship. Felt a little rushed toward the end, but thought it covered its intended ground well.
Apr 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this book for Christmas and I'm staring to think it was one of the best gifts I've ever received. Although the whole 'narrative non-fiction' style took a bit of getting used to, it gave such a realistic insight into the transition from med school to internship; from being a student to being a Doctor. It was inspiring and motivating and slightly terrifying, but in the best possible way.
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.
May 17, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 will bring back memories for anyone who has deliberated over a match list for months:-)
Mar 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an engrossing book following three individual women in their first year of residency. The author did a good job of bringing in the larger issues, but this is mostly about the individuals. That focus makes it an easier read while still serving as an introduction to the issues women face in becoming medical professionals.
Dec 20, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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!!
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