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Publisher's Summary

From the award-winning author of Chemistry comes a sharp and poignant short story that follows a young medical student working in clinical research and grappling with the realities of a future in her chosen field. 

To become a doctor someday, every student must complete a certain number of hours in clinical research, volunteering, and shadowing. There are algorithms to this stuff, to building the perfect résumé for admission to the perfect doctoral program. With this goal in mind, a young pre-med student earns a coveted role in a study about diet and its effects on the human heart, replacing another Asian-American woman from the same school and on a similar college track. The doctor in charge - a middle-aged woman who’d built her career at some of the most elite medical institutions in the country - is erratic and overbearing at first, but her quirks and habits become clearer as the time goes on. Faced with the stark realities of the doctor’s life within and outside of the lab, the student must take stock of her ambitions and her own place in the world. 

©2020 Weike Wang (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.

About the Creator

Weike Wang is the author of Chemistry, and her work has appeared in Glimmer Train, Ploughshares, Alaska Quarterly Review, Kenyon Review, The New Yorker, among other publications. She is the recipient of the 2018 PEN/Hemingway Award, a Whiting Award and a National Book Foundation 5 under 35. She lives in New York City.
Photographed by Beowulf Sheenan

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I Can Relate

Anyone who has been through medical training can relate to this story. The dynamic between the self absorbed physician researcher and the powerless student narrator made me cringe. Essays such as this should be required reading for those at the top.

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subtle but compelling

This story definitely isn't action-packed, or even plot driven, but I enjoyed it as a fascinating character study and a glimpse into a world I didn't really know existed. The characters develop in subtle ways, and by the end I felt like there was a really satisfying level of depth and complexity. Overall an enjoyable and thought-provoking listen, and I thought well narrated too.

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shadowing

a mercifully short waste of time. not worth downloading. I am very disappointed in audible.

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it's like a random 30 minute audioclip

it's just like 35 minutes long, with no development or ending ending ending ending

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  • 07-03-21

A Shadow of a Story

This is a short, 39 minutes long, audible story about a young Asian-American female pre-med student who earns a spot in a medical study of diet and the effects of diet on the heart. The doctor she ends up working for, also a woman, is middle-aged, and seems to be more than a little overbearing.

I have no medical training, but know it’s a grueling period of time. This seems more like a hazing ritual to me. I can’t really relate as someone hoping for a career in medicine, but I can relate to the horrible boss theme of this.

Yawn.

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What’s this even about?!?

Complete Lack of story line, emotion, plot, twist, excitement, meaning, or ending. I have no idea what this story was trying to get across and am glad it only wasted 30 min of my life. Returning.

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Bleh

Boring. Self-absorbed. Annoying. Irritating. Condescending. Mediocre writing and narration. 25 minutes of my life that I can never get back. Nothing else needs to be said.

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Accurate med/grad school setting

Nice story, causing grad school PTSD to flare RE: the Principal Investigator who was going to make his grad students split the cost of replacing the pipette that his unchecked four-year-old son had dropped behind the large centrifuge. So, a very accurate portrayal!

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Fantastic story and storytelling

Wang is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers. Such smart, sharp, funny writing that doesn’t skimp on heart. Highly recommend.

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Fun

Interesting, fun, and intriguing. The story kept me interested and asking what is going to happen next.

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Did I miss something?

Struggled to understand the point of this story apart from how hard it is to be a female premed student.
Nothing really happens, there doesn't seem to be an ending...?
Maybe listening while doing other activities didn't help...