Adventures of an American Medical Student

A Novel

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Pub Date 01 May 2024 | Archive Date 15 Apr 2024

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James Banks is a medical student in Brighton, a rural town in Kentucky’s Appalachia, a region stricken with poverty and an opioid epidemic. James just wants to match with a good psychiatry residency and graduate. But he has just received a rejection from a residency he applied to, and he has a bad feeling that he failed a medical licensing exam. Failure is not an option. James must become a doctor to pay off $230,000 in student loans.

James runs a gauntlet of clinical rotations in different specialties: family medicine, osteopathic medicine, general surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, internal medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, emergency medicine, cardiology, neurology, and neurosurgery. He encounters a motley cast of patients and doctors--including a patient with blue skin and a hostile, tantrum-throwing ob-gyn--who teach him how to become a physician. He sees the best and worst in humanity and even patients who have glimpsed heaven and hell. Adventures of an American Medical Student is a compelling, gritty novel that explores a range of human suffering with heart, soul, and humor.

James Banks is a medical student in Brighton, a rural town in Kentucky’s Appalachia, a region stricken with poverty and an opioid epidemic. James just wants to match with a good psychiatry residency...


A Note From the Publisher

James Champion is a psychiatrist practicing in Appalachia. He supervises psychiatry residents, teaches medical students, and collaborates with nurse practitioners. He has a D.O. degree from an Appalachian medical school, and he lives in Tennessee. Adventures of an American Medical Student is his first book.

James Champion is a psychiatrist practicing in Appalachia. He supervises psychiatry residents, teaches medical students, and collaborates with nurse practitioners. He has a D.O. degree from an...


Advance Praise

Adventures of an American Medical Student gives a first-hand look into what medical students in the United States go through in their medical education. It is a very candid story about one medical student’s events throughout his medical education journey. The stories are captivating and keep the reader wanting to read more. I can relate to some of the stories from when I was a medical student. The stress, long work hours, interesting patient stories, and the balance of school and personal life are vividly illustrated in this book. For anyone wanting to know what a day in the life of a medical student looks like, this helps demonstrate that from one day to the next.

Joe Kingery, D.O., Dean, Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine, Professor of Family Medicine 


Adventures of an American Medical Student gives a first-hand look into what medical students in the United States go through in their medical education. It is a very candid story about one medical...


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ISBN 9781803414980
PRICE $19.95 (USD)
PAGES 344

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This is a medical student's account of his residency in pursuit of his license and a career in psychiatry. He takes us through the various modalies and medical specialties, as he is required to shadow a specialist in all forms of medical care. His test scores aren't great, and his superiors seem less than empathetic toward peers or patients. But eventually he covers all bases of medical specialties, however perfunctory depending on his interest in those particular rotations (he especially doesn't like ob/gyn). It's an interesting birds-eye view into what's required to obtain a medical degree, even before pursuing further education in one's chosen speciality.

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