Between Expectations: Lessons from a Pediatric Residency

Between Expectations Lessons from a Pediatric Residency Between Expectations is an insightful honest look at the residency experience through the eyes of a pediatric emergency medical care specialist

  • Title: Between Expectations: Lessons from a Pediatric Residency
  • Author: Meghan Weir
  • ISBN: 9781439189078
  • Page: 140
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Between Expectations is an insightful, honest look at the residency experience through the eyes of a pediatric emergency medical care specialist.

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    • Petra X says:

      This is a sad book. Almost all the patients, babies, little children and teenagers, die. Other reviewers have found the author cold and detached. I didn't but I can see why they thought so. The author rotates between different wards and also has an on/off schedule that allows her much time off as she can't cope with the stress and have a life. Because of this, there is little continuity between the cases, the children, she describes. She is involved though, she does go back to check on the littl [...]

    • Shawna says:

      I've read other doctor's memoirs and there was something about Dr. Weir's tone that rubbed me the wrong way and it is hard for me to put my finger on it. Perhaps it was the sense that every child she ever treated died--this can't possibly be the case, but this is what she chose to focus on. Perhaps it is the dismal tone that haunts this book, a reader might think that a healthy child has never been born. An interesting read, however, and worth a look, although I probably wouldn't recommend it to [...]

    • Kristin says:

      It's rare these days to find a first person account of a doctor's practice without a whole lot of philosophical fluff and filler on how things used to be, so Weir's novel was refreshing in that way. Judging by the prologue, this book was actually a vital part of her training in that she extended her residency by a year in order to keep from going out of her mind and used the downtime to write and have an outlet to the frustrations she'd been feeling to that point. Weir is blunt in saying that sh [...]

    • Shelleyrae at Book'd Out says:

      I am strangely fascinated by these type of books by medical professionals (and almost as equally addicted to shows like ER, House and Private Practice). Between Expectations is Meghan Weir's story of her residency in Paediatrics, her struggle with the losses and triumphs as she cares for sick newborns and dying children.Modern medicine is a miracle but still there is so much that cannot be answered or treated, where death or survival defies explanation. I think that in the Paedatrics ward that e [...]

    • Paul Pessolano says:

      “Between Expectations: Lessons from a Pediatric Residency” by Meghan MacLean Weir, M.DCategory – Medical/HistoryThis book should be read by anyone in or interested in pediatrics, this includes Doctors, Nurses, and anyone who works in the field, or is thinking of working in the field of pediatrics. It is also a wonderful read for the casual reader, or those just interested in the medical profession.Meghan is doing her residency in pediatrics and her first rotation is in NICU (neonatal inten [...]

    • Ciara says:

      just what it sounds like. essays that basically comprise a memoir about one doctor's experience as a pediatric resident. it started off awfully depressing, as the author is called to attend to the birth a very premature baby. the parents, naturally, request that everything possible be done to save the baby, & the doctors acquiesce, but the author reflects that in cases like this, it may be more humane to let the baby die, because such a premature infant faces so many health problems & ca [...]

    • Rachel says:

      I wanted and expected to like this book. It's well enough written, has the right balance of stories, introspection, and looking at a broader view. But something about how the author thinks puts me off. I mean, the title itself seems oddly removed from just experiencing life. She does have some happy moments, along with plenty of dissatisfaction, but it all seemed kind of indirect. She also rubbed me the wrong way in the beginning chapters with her outlook on childbirth. Yes, she saw all the high [...]

    • Susan Storz says:

      I have mixed feelings about the book. I love medical memoirs/autobiographies, and a personal connection to books about babies born premature. This book ticks those two boxes.However, as others remarked, the author is at times very clinical, and I didn't really feel the emotional attachment while reading about her patients. Yet chapters later, she would reference those very same patients, and would bring up how important a certain patient was to her. I would find myself asking "which one is that? [...]

    • Sonja says:

      I really enjoyed this book. I like personal experiences and the author's writing improved as the book went along. Overall, she is a darn good writer. Also, she must be multi-talented as she accomplished so much in her life, leading up to being a doctor and a writer. I'm amazed she could find the time to do so much, and to do such a good job at each, when both are time-consuming careers. The sad part of the book was when she was in Liberia and how there were so many shortages in supplies/equipmen [...]

    • Mary Ellen says:

      There are so many sad realities that make up this young pediatrician's life. She describes her work so honestly and in such detail that not enough of her warmth and compassion shine through. I would welcome the chance to read this same book written when the author is 10 years into her career.

    • Hillary says:

      I think this author did a great job with this book - I'm not sure why others complain it lacks warmth & compassion. For me, the author's despair at the unsolvable problems she encountered is itself proof of her compassion.

    • Andrea says:

      Great insight into the world of pediatric care. I don't think one ever really thinks of the amount of work and sacrifice doctors go through and this book only talks about the beginning of that journey. It was tough reading about families painful visit to the NICU, ICU, and oncology units, but their stories added to the learning experience of this doctor. Good read.

    • Gabrielle says:

      It was well written in terms of language but I felt the author was already jaded and condescending to some of her patients, which turned me off to her writing. I also thought it ended kind of abruptly.

    • Abby says:

      I am a paramedict nearly as knowledgeable as a physician but I know enough to be dangerous. Becoming a doctor was my dream when I was younger, I was so set on it that any other outcome was utter failure. I adore being a medic, with someone giving a differential diagnosis on gut instinct and talking. I am not always right, and sometimes I can't do anything to make the situation better but ask my partner to drive faster. This book was beyond profound. Death is the end to all of our stories. The wo [...]

    • Sarah says:

      I found this rather disappointing. I generally love medical books, finding them fascinating but this one just didn't deliver. I suppose the main reason is that the majority of the cases Weir chose to highlight did not involve diseases which intrigue me (how morbid is that?) She seemed to select the most extreme and fatal cases, perhaps for the shock value, rather than tell the stories of triumph and recovery.

    • Susan Kasza says:

      I enjoyed the stories Meghan told in this book. As a third-year medical student, I appreciated the insight into residency, even though I will be doing family practice rather than pediatrics. It was great to see Meghan's growth, from a nervous intern to a confident almost-attending. It gives me hope for my own journey.That being said, I did skim over some of the dreamy, philosophical sections!

    • Heidi Busch says:

      This book presents an interesting look at the life of one doctor doing her pediatric residency. At times it was a depressing read since so many of the patients seemed to have no real hope of being saved. I don't know if those were the patients that stayed with her or if they were the ones who changed her life the most. I think that it provides a realistic view of her experience, but I'd like to see other residency experiences to see if they are as depressing.

    • Allie Lyle says:

      I really wanted to like this book, but the author made it very hard to do so. On several occasions she came off as judgmental at best, unsympathetic & cold at worst. I'm surprised she continued on as a pediatrician since she is clearly unhappy with her job. I expected there to be at least one anecdote that was heartwarming, but I was wrong. Very disappointed. I appreciate her honesty & her sharing of even the most heartbreaking cases.

    • Stephanie A. says:

      I picked this up after one too many late night reruns of early-season Scrubs. It more or less gave me what I was going for (a peek into doctors' rounds from a current young doctor's perspective, largely unencumbered by anecdotes from non-work life), but there was also something lacking. The writing was simultaneously too dreamy and too clinical, making it hard to form even a short term investment in any patients besides Max. It has a super cute cover, though. Worth my $1 investment.

    • librarian4Him02 says:

      One of my reading priorities for this year was read books that would allow me to see the world through new eyes. This book definitely fell into that goal. Weir shares stories of patients she cared for throughout her three-year pediatric residency. She shares what she learned from her patients and what she learned about herself. From sleep deprivation to patients who don't necessarily recover, this poignant read taught me about a world I will likely never experience first hand.

    • Danika says:

      Pretty well-written book by a pediatric resident. I probably wouldn't have read this but for the fact that I went to high school with the author. That said, she details many of her experiences with some very sick kids and does so with great sympathy and insight. If you're the anxious mom/very sensitive type, I'd skip it as there are some quite sad accounts of little ones who are terminally ill.

    • Patricia says:

      Another thoughtful book from inside the health care system - this one written about a doctor's 3 years of pediatric residency at 2 hospitals in Boston as well as a month in Liberia. It brought up lots of issues including the increasing ability of technology to preserve the lives of very premature babies. The author's stories are poignant and thought provoking.

    • Julie Leonard says:

      Loved it! After reading reviews I was aprehensive but I loved her tone, her attitude and the fact that she wasn't afraid to step over that line of medical/doctor patient distance. Really very good.

    • Laurie says:

      More of a 3.5 star read. I would have given it 4 but I felt like it was lacking in fluidity in some parts. I felt like it was a good portrayal of life in a teaching hospital. It reminded me a lot of another book called White Coat.

    • Steph says:

      I got a sample of it.And okay book.Really diffcult to read though.

    • Corgi says:

      I enjoyed Between Expectations by Meghan MacLean Weir, MD. I learned a lot about being a resident and working in a hospital. I would recommend this book.

    • Anthony Youn says:

      This book is very eloquently written and a must-read for anyone considering becoming a pediatrician or interested in the inner-workings of pediatric hospitals. I highly recommend it!

    • A. says:

      Amazing book! Written in first person and is the author's own experience "becoming" a doctor. Her life during residency and also overseas. Very well-written. Hope she writes many more books.

    • Sandy says:

      An insightful look at a pediatric resident and how she dealt with the grueling schedule, the seriously ill children and her personal life.

    • Denise says:

      Interesting book. Sometimes heart-wrenching. Good book to read for someone considering a pediatric career.

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