How does a medical resident work?

A Medical Resident Talks About Her Intern Year, Death, and TV Medical Dramas

A Medical Resident Talks About Her Intern Year, Death, and TV Medical Dramas

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July 12 2015 2:06 AM

The “How Does a Medical Resident Work?” Edition

Slate culture writer Aisha Harris talks to a Boston-based physician about death, dermatology, and the 80-hour workweek.

A Female Doctor.

Illustration by Sofya Levina. Photos by megaflopp/Shutterstock and Franck Boston/Shutterstock.

Listen to this episode of Working with guest Alexandra Charrow:


In the Season 3 premiere of Working, Slate culture writer Aisha Harris interviews Alexandra Charrow, a medical resident at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She describes what a typical day is like, how she’s learning to grapple with death, and how her job isn’t at all like Grey’s Anatomy.

Charrow is a second-year resident in a combined internal medicine/dermatology residency program. Her internal medicine residency takes place at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the dermatology residency is part of the Harvard Combined Dermatology Residency Training Program.

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Aisha Harris is a Slate culture writer and host of the Slate podcast Represent.