Hour 30: An Uncensored Memoir of a Doctor in Training by Brandon Musgrave, M.D. is a riveting and captivating read for anyone interested in learning what it means to be in medical school. Brandon takes you on his personal journey from the start of medical school to ultimately graduating and becoming a doctor.
You will absolutely enjoy reading this medical book.
Dr. Musgrave, knows how to draw you into his world and writes fluidly where you will never want to put Hour 30 down. This was such a great read that I completed it in
only three sittings because each turn of the page had me wanting more and I just could not put the book down.
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be upset and face practically every emotion imaginable as Brandon Musgrave details his many patient encounters in startling detail. You’ll feel as though you’re right there with the student doctor as he interacts with his patients.
There’s a great mix of humor thrown into the book to keep you on the edge of your seats. For some unknown reason there’s one particular section that stands out in my mind. That I want to share with you so you have a better idea of what the medical profession has to face. This is probably one of the sadder points though, but it is also the reality of what happens in medicine and the types of patients doctors commonly encounter:
His young mother had confessed to her ob/gyn that she had been addicted to Vicodin right before delivering, having taken dozens of pills per day. We can usually take the number of pills an addict confesses to and multiply it by three to get a more accurate estimate.
I really liked how the book is arranged in chronological order as you progress through each of the four years of medical school you’ll notice becoming a doctor affords medical students to take on a more proactive role with patients. By the end of fourth year Brandon Musgrave is no longer timid or shy, rather very active and leading even some difficult procedures. Dr. Musgrave, makes it very clear that he wants to soak up as much knowledge and do as many procedures as possible because once he’s an intern he’ll be legally responsible for many aspects of patient care.
If you know little about medical school you’ll learn a lot in Hour 30. For instance, the first two years of medical school are mainly classroom work and laboratory such as gross anatomy lab where medical students have to dissect human cadavers.
But once, they complete their second year and the Boards they’re let loose in the hospital completing many required clinical rotations through a number of the medical specialities. Hour 30, actually focuses mainly on the clinical years because this is where the excitement takes place.
Overall, I highly recommend this book for premeds or anyone interested in how to become a doctor. You simply cannot go wrong when getting a glimpse into medical school from the perspective of Brandon Musgrave in Hour 30: An Uncensored Memoir of a Doctor in Training.