Stories from shadows
Today’s students, tomorrow’s doctors is a collection of short essays from final year medical students in which they reflect on their shadowing placements—where they tail junior doctors who are doing the jobs the students will shortly take on for themselves. Kathy Feest and Karen Forbes spent seven years gathering these accounts from students at Bristol University. The result is a diverse anthology in which a gamut of experiences are recounted, from amusing to deeply affecting. One writer describes fighting back tears while watching a surgeon tell his patient that her bowel cancer is inoperable. The author notes that the patient is the same age as his mother.
What is surprising and impressive about this collection is a poignancy and depth of the reflections, which is lacking in the bestselling accounts of junior doctor life. “What have I learned?” one student writes, “I’ve learned what a woman looks like when she