So you want to be a doctor? This insider’s guide reveals everything students need to know to make the most of medical school's opportunities, while staying sane through the gauntlets of applying to med school, internship, residency, fellowship, and starting work as a new physician.

We all know the stereotypes about med school and residency: Fainting in anatomy lab. Seventy-two hours without sleep. Trysts in the call room. But what’s it really like? In Med School Uncensored, newly minted cardiothoracic anesthesiologist Richard Beddingfield parts the curtains to reveal the good, the bad, and the ugly of becoming a doctor.

Med School Uncensored features the latest information on everything from admissions requirements to test scores to the match, plus advice and anecdotes from other recent med school grads and residents. This handbook is an all-in-one guide and must-read for everyone who dreams of becoming a doctor.

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Med School Uncensored Podcast

Be sure to check out the Med School Uncensored Podcast. Each episode, I interview someone in the process of becoming a physician: premed, med student, resident, fellow, or recently practicing physician. Interviews feature candid conversations about what it's like to become a doctor, each step of the way.


Click here to read extra chapters that didn't make it into the book. Topics include part-time work and retirement, med school for students with disabilities, and alternative health care careers.

About the Author

RICHARD BEDDINGFIELD, MD, is a practicing cardiothoracic anesthesiologist at a busy community hospital in downtown Madison, Wisconsin. After cofounding a technology firm and managing corporate insurance tax accounts, he headed back to medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School, completed an anesthesiology residency in 2014 at the Medical College of Wisconsin, then spent a year at the University of Minnesota completing a fellowship in cardiothoracic anesthesiology.