MATCH DAY: One Day and One Dramatic Year in the Lives of Three New Doctors by Brian Eule (New York: St. Martin’s, 2009). Review by Nancy Yanes Hoffman, THE WRITING DOCTOR, at www.writingdoctor.typepad.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, 585-385-1515.
I wish Match Day had been a better book. Focusing on three medical school seniors, females all, Brian Eule’s book misses the point.
For the benefit of the non-informed, Match Day matches—ostensibly—the choices of medical students for residencies with the choices that the hospitals make. I remember explaining the exigencies of Match Day to a literary colleague who remarked, “If doctors are going to put up with that kind of random choosing, they deserve what they get.”
It’s difficult to figure out what Eule was trying to do. Even though medical school classes are more than 50% female, even though women students have special challenges, it seems ridiculous to focus only on the problems of three women students coping with their lives, with the successes and failures of matching, and with their follow-up internship year. For Eule’s Match Day is not about the day alone but is about the first year residency.
Match Day is an article padded into a book. Like internships that don’t match the aspirations of medical students, Match Day is a poor fit.