Dr. Carl Giordano's autobiography outlines reality behind medical training

Written by Laura Dyrda | December 28, 2017 | Print  |

Carl Giordano, MD, published an autobiography detailing his life as a medical student and physician, which includes crashing a small plane in 2015, according to a Daily Record report.


The book, published Nov. 14, 2017, is titled "Shoot the Moon: The True Story of a Look Behind the Curtain of Medical School and Residency…and Surviving the Worst in Life." Dr. Giordano's father was a general surgeon, and he decided to follow in his father's footsteps to medical school at New Brunswick, N.J.-based Rutgers University, then taking on an orthopedic residency and fellowship in spine surgery at the Hospital for Joint Diseases—Orthopedic Institute in New York City.


After training, Dr. Giordano became a spine surgeon at Morristown (N.J.) Medical Center and has spent his 20-plus year career there. He hoped writing the book would give the general public a glimpse into the reality of medical training, a stark contrast to how it's depicted on popular television shows. He also wanted to motivate the next generation of physicians to "stick with medicine" because he feels it's still a great profession.


The book leads into Dr. Giordano's small plane accident in 2015; he was co-piloting a plane that developed engine trouble and called upon his training as a physician to escape with his life. He dove out of the plane before it crashed. However, the pilot remained in the craft and died instantly.


Dr. Giordano's book is for sale on Amazon.

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