Family Doc Diary: A Resident Physician’s Reflections in Fifty-Two Entries [2017]

We announce the publication of Family Doc Diary: A Resident Physician’s Reflections in Fifty-Two Entries, a print collection that chronicles the journey of intern physician Phyllis Ying, MD through her first year of family medicine residency, told in the form of fifty-two entries from her personal art journal.

The book is currently on sale for $29.95.

Phyllis Ying, MD, a family medicine resident physician in Seattle, crafted fifty-two personal journal entries throughout her intern year that blended prose, pictures and painting. In the preface, she writes, “I hope that these pages provide readers with some insight into the hopes, worries, and triumphs that fledgling doctors experience…May this book ignite the same spark in you as the journaling community has sparked in me.”

The book is published by in-House, the online magazine for residents and fellows, and Pager Publications, Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit literary organization that curates and supports peer-edited publications for the medical education community. The organization strives to provide students and educators with dedicated spaces for the free expression of their distinctive voices. All members of the in-House and Pager Publications, Inc. editorial boards are unpaid and volunteer.

Family Doc Diary” is an amalgamation of the emotions experienced by interns across all disciplines of graduate medical training. Dr. Phyllis Ying’s journal shows the natural progression of a timid yet ambitious intern right out of medical school to a more seasoned, young physician who has learned to better deal with both success and failure through her training. From laughter and joy to uncertainty and sadness, she conveys the real events of intern year through creative artistry taking the reader from clinic and the perioperative arena to life outside of residency and beyond. So many of her stories resonated with my own experiences as an intern! There’s something powerful and humbling about reflecting on one’s path as a trainee, so I especially appreciated how Dr. Ying concluded her journal with tips empowering others to begin cataloging their journeys.”

[Rishi Kumar, MD, adult cardiothoracic anesthesiology fellow, ICU attending, and board certified anesthesiologist at Brigham & Women’s Hospital – Harvard Medical School]