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An Interview With 'Devil Wears Scrubs' Author Dr. Freida McFadden

Dr. Freida McFadden, aka Dr. Fizzy McFizz, blogs over at A Cartoon Guide to Becoming a Doctor. In all her free time when she's not practicing medicine in the Midwest, she's written a funny take on life during residency under the rule of a demonic chief resident with The Devil Wears Scrubs

Reminiscent of Bridget Jones's Diary, only instead of counting alcohol units and cigarettes there's a tally of the hours our intrepid resident Jane has spent awake and the percentage chance of her quitting residency entirely, The Devil Wears Scrubs features the powerful one-two punch of nimble writing and hilariously scathing wit. It is a joy to read, if not a bit frightening for up-and-coming residents.

Question: What made you want to write The Devil Wears Scrubs? What was the spark that made you sit down and put pen to paper (or fingers to laptop)?

Dr. McFadden: I've been attempting to write this for years and had many false starts, but somehow the inspiration just struck me one day while I was taking the baby carriage for a walk, which is apparently when I do my best thinking.

Q: You're Dr. Fizzy, a busy blogger, humorist, and cartoonist, not to mention practicing physician. How in the world did you have time to write this? 

Dr. McFadden: I find that when you really want to do something, there's always a way to make time for it. Conversely, there's always ways to procrastinate things you don't want to do, even when you have oodles of free time.

Q: What do you hope your readers take away from Devil? And from your other writing and cartoons?

Dr. McFadden: I really hope they laugh a lot. When someone tells me the book made them laugh out loud, I always count that as a win. Laughter is the best medicine (after penicillin).  

Q: How did your training experience influence how you will treat or train your own students and residents?

Dr. McFadden: I am super painfully nice to all my trainees. Any time I ask them to do anything, I always apologize like three times. I used to buy my med student cookies when I was a resident.  

Q: Clearly your creative side is a productive and helpful outlet. Do you plan to write another book? What will we see from you next?

Dr. McFadden: I'm planning for a new book about medical school and gunners, optimistically set to come out in mid 2014.

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How competitive am I for residency?

Will you be AOA?:Yes
Have you done research?:Yes
Do you have publications?:Yes
Are you a US senior in med school?:Yes