You Want to Be a Physician

You Want to Be a Physician


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Review of the book So, You Want to Be a Physician: Getting an Edge in your Pursuit of the Challenging Dream of Becoming a Medical Professional by Edward M Goldberg

So, You Want to be a Physician: Getting an Edge in Your Pursuit of the Challenging Dream of Becoming a Medical Professional is the book for those who want to pursue a career in medicine. It is specifically written to help medical students in passing the application and interview process when entering a medical institution. The contents of the book are based on the stories of medical students personally mentored by the author. It also includes actual interview questions, personal statements, and advice that help the reader be more adept in answering and handling interviews.


Readers will be delighted with how the book covers a lot of aspects related to the admissions process. They are given first-hand information regarding how they can increase their chances of being admitted to the school of their choice. Some additional information like data on residency programs and alternative medical schools are also provided to give the readers more options when they pursue their medical studies. For those who will just start to write their applications, they will find the guidelines indicated in the book very useful. Tips on what and what not to do during interviews can be also very helpful to both medical and non-medical students. Medical students can also use the methods and techniques written in the book to successfully pass their interviews.


Some people may think that the information provided in the book can just be found in any other reading materials or the internet. There are also some claims that the book is just a compilation of essays written to glorify the author. As for some, they may think that more information could have been provided for the readers.


Edward M. Goldberg has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and a Master’s degree in Hospital and Health Service Administration. He worked as an administrator for Coral Gables Hospital in Florida for 38 years, Hargrove Hospital and Charter Barclay Hospital in Illinois, vice president for Columbia/HCA, and Regional Director for Charter Medical Corporation.

Before retiring, he was the president/CEO of St. Alexius Medical Center in Illinois. While serving, he aimed at acquiring more admissions and outpatients visits in each hospital under his administration.

In addition to his book, “So, You Want to be a Physician,” Goldberg also edited and published a book on Cultural Sensitivity. He also regularly delivers presentations to various health care facilities and organizations.

At present, Edward Goldberg works as a hospital consultant, presenter, and coach for people who want to apply in various medical institutions.