Do you love those medical dramas filled with McSteamy and McDreamy men walking around in tight jeans and white coats? Or are you a Mr. Big kind of girl? Well then, you’re in for a treat. In Burning the Short White Coat, Dr. Eve Shvidler gives readers an inside look into the world of a young budding doctor looking for love in the dizzying, sleep-deprived world of med school.
Read on to learn more about Dr. Shvidler’s debut novel—and how some of her own personal and professional experiences shaped the plot.
What made you decide to write this book?
I wrote my book during medical school. I was amazed by everything that we were learning and experiencing and I wanted to capture that in real time.
At the same time, as single women, my friends and I really struggled to figure out how to navigate the singles scene. Sometimes we were crushed, other times emboldened and often placed in comical situations. I wanted to capture that dichotomy – the serious professional student and the single twenty-something looking for love.
How can readers relate to Elle Gallagher?
She’s just a regular single woman looking for love and somehow dating all the wrong people. Anyone who’s spent more than a minute in the singles scene can probably relate.
If you could take any of your characters out to lunch, who would it be and why?
First choice: Samy. He always gave the best advice. He was eight years ahead of Elle in his career. I’d be curious how he feels about his career now.
Second choice: James Ruhl. I’d be curious as to how he turned out after he got older and balder.
Did any of Elle’s experiences stem from your own journey through medical school?
Absolutely. In the interest in protecting patient confidentiality, patient stories were changed around and tweaked, but they are inspired by real experiences. The dating/singles scene stories resonate from experiences my friends and I had.
What do you hope your readers will take away from this book?
First and foremost, I want readers to have fun and enjoy the book. It is mostly meant to provide some easy reading and entertainment. Believe it or not, medical school was a blast. Despite some of the difficult times and the hard lessons, it was one of the best times of my life.
But, if there was one point I hope readers come away with, it’s a better understanding of how much we go through in the process of becoming doctors. We have to make difficult choices. We are very unsophisticated in our understanding of the human body. It takes time and repetition to make a good doctor. Elle isn’t there yet. Not even close.
I’m about a quarter of the way into the sequel. Elle’s adventures certainly did not end in St. Louis. She still has four years of residency in Los Angeles. In the mean time, I also have a day job that I love and will continue doing.
More about the Author: Dr. Eve Shvidler wrote Burning the Short White Coat while still single and in her medical school and residency training. She is now a practicing physician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. She is married, and they have three children.