Monday, March 07, 2011

the 12 medical specialty stereotypes (2011)

OK everyone, here you go, revised for 2011 for our friends in internal medicine. Thanks for all that you do. And if you like the revised edition with the new panel, please feel free to link or e-mail or share via your social networking platform of choice. Computers!

(As usual, click for bigness.)

Usually when I draw comics I have a very specific set of tools that I like to use (heavy drawing paper--but not watercolor paper, that's too rough--a Pilot razor point ink pen with a fibrous tip, Sharpies of various calibers) but we've moved so many times I have no idea where my drawing pad is. So this new panel was drawn on the back of a piece of heavyweight ivory cardstock, scanned, and then pasted into the original comic via Photoshop. Hopefully it doesn't look too out of place.

Also, while you're sort of paying attention, I feel obliged to point out that the price of my book on Amazon is now almost half the list price. How does book pricing work? Who knows? Also, who cares? All I know is that you save money. Also, if the price drops lower prior to the actual release date (that would be May 11, 2011 folks) Amazon will charge you the lower price. A 336-page hardcover book for a dozen bucks and change? What's not to like? (P.S. I don't work for Amazon or anything, but I do know that as much as I am largely ignorant about the world of book publishing, the sales rank on Amazon is an important and visible metric, even in the pre-order stage. And like our friends in Internal Medicine, I would like to have good numbers, if for no other reason than to avoid embarrassment. Like Geoge McFly, I don't think I could handle that kind of rejection!)

Oh, I've also been getting asked this a lot, so let me just say it again: the book will also be available in all e-reader formats as well, so never fear, my fine robot friends. But can you wrap up an e-book and give it as a graduation gift to the pre-med in your life? Well, maybe I guess, if you were giving them the e-reader device as part of their gift too, but that's kind of expensive. More than twelve bucks, anyway. Regardless, you are a very generous person. Not to mention attractive!

As always guys...thanks.


  1. Anonymous2:06 PM

    It isn't half price on! :(
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  2. hahaha @ pointy kisses,omg as usual you made me laff my pants off. having not seen the original cartoon, i got to enjoy it in its entirety. I am FOR SURE ordering your book by the way. must support the numbers.

  3. omg. that is my dermatologist!

  4. But why just *12*??? You could so totally come up with something good for Pathology and Urology.

  5. Anonymous6:17 PM

    best part? He *looks* like an love it :)

  6. The reason it was 12 is because of the size and shape of the drawing pad (9"x12"). But I could start taking reader submissions for other stereotypes! I'll post them here and everything! Who's game?

  7. Anonymous7:30 PM

    Totally game! And also echo including path and uro. Maybe gen surg too? "Millionth lap chole and counting! :D ... I hate my life"

  8. Anonymous7:55 PM

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  9. Ha! I'm serious guys, draw it and e-mail it to me: I will totally do post reader submissions, and give full credit (or link backs) if you want me to. Doesn't have to be anything fancy and scanned, just do it on Microsoft Paint if that's what you got.

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  10. Another good one, thanks Michelle! Can't wait to meet you at the writer's workshop in Iowa!

  11. I'm excited about it too! Speaking of which, I actually have to buy those plane tickets before the fares get out of control.

  12. Glad to see internal med on the list now! You're cartoons have always given me a laugh when I needed one. XD

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  15. Anonymous9:21 PM

    i'm an ObGyn resident, don't work the 72 hours but so ridiculously true that i almost had stress incontinence laughing. thanks for post-call entertainment!

  16. Pointy kisses. LOVE the pointy kisses. Also love the internist. Where I work the hospitalists are all internists. I sometimes wonder if the youngest, newest ones could tell if a patient was deathly ill without the numbers.

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  18. Hilarious! I'm laughing so hard right now!

  19. Susan Yuditskaya8:35 PM

    Michelle, great work! these gave me a big chuckle and are awesome as usual! Hope you're doing well...

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