So you want to write about a doctor…

The terms used for the various levels of training in medicine can be a bit confusing. If you’re going to write about doctors or if you have to interact with them, here’s a handy guide.

The path to graduate and become a doctor differs from country to country, but it’s very similar in Canada and the USA. Some students get into medical school after completing three years of an undergraduate degree, some wait until they’ve graduated with an honours degree. Some students also continue with their schooling and apply after a master’s degree or PhD.

Once in medical school, the path looks something like this: medical student – first two years of medical school spent mainly in the classroom and lab; clinical clerk – third and fourth years of medical school spent primarily in the hospital; resident – next two to five years of specialty training; and fellow – one to two years of subspecialty training narrowing down the field of expertise. Not all residents go on to do fellowships, but in order to get surgical privileges at a hospital nowadays, it’s usually required. A fully-fledged specialist working in the hospital is called the Attending Staff. Whenever you see a doctor in the hospital, they should always give you their name and their level of training.

Back in the day when I graduated, you could apply to medical school after two years of an undergraduate degree (some universities even accepted students after one year) and then complete four years of medical school and finish with a a rotating internship, which was a year spent in the hospital rotating through the major specialties. I was out practicing medicine as a fully qualified family doctor seven years after graduating high school. They’ve replaced the rotating internship with a minimum two-year residency and much less commonly accept students before they’ve completed their undergraduate degree, so now it takes a bit longer.

In Perfectly Reasonable, Trace is applying to medical school. With a little help from Margo, he plans to ace the dreaded medical school interview. Now he just has to convince Margo to help him!

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Margo MacMillan finished medical school, but in the process, her self-confidence and self-esteem took a beating. So for the sake of self-preservation, she’s stepped away from medicine to re-group. In the meantime, painting soothes her soul and pays the bills.

Trace Bennett set his sights on a medical degree and has to prepare the perfect medical school application. His big plan is to paint his condo for a little feng shui divine luck. When Margo shows up to paint, he realizes he’s found exactly what he’s looking for. He just has to convince Margo to share more than the art of medicine.

She’s got it. He wants it. It’s Perfectly Reasonable.

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Award-winning author Linda O’Connor started writing romantic comedies when she needed a creative outlet other than subtly rearranging the displays at a local home décor store. Her books have enjoyed bestseller status. When not writing, she’s a physician at an Urgent Care Clinic. She shares her medical knowledge in fast-paced, well-written, sexy romances – with an unexpected twist. Her favourite prescription to write? Laugh every day. Love every minute.

Linda loves to connect with readers ~




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Medical romance, romantic comedy, contemporary romance, The Perfectly Series, series, doctors, medical school, interviews

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2 Responses to So you want to write about a doctor…

  1. Susan James Berger says:

    I loved this book. Thanks.

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