Author(s): Daniel Munoz
After completing grueling residencies, the competition for subspecialty fellowships in the medical world is intense. And few fellowships, if any, are more selective than cardiology at Johns Hopkins. This is the story of one of these fellows, Dr. Daniel Munoz. Readers go to work with Dan every day while he learns to practice heart medicine at the highest level. They witness the hypercompetitive selection process, experience the wisdom and rigor of Dan's mentors, see him diagnose and treat patients, navigate the sensitivities of families, help save lives, sometimes lose lives, and often stay up days and nights on end. How Dan survives, how he learns the ups and downs of his trade, sorts out his own interests within cardiology, and earns the right to enter the highest ranks of his field, is at the heart of this intense narrative.
DANIEL MUNOZ, M.D., graduated from Princeton University with a degree in economics, worked as a laboratory research assistant in the lab of renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, and served as an intern for Senator Edward Kennedy, concentrating on issues of healthcare reform. He attended the Johns Hopkins University Medical School, during which time he took a one-year hiatus to earn a master's degree in public administration from the Kennedy School at Harvard University, returned to earn his M.D., and was then accepted as a resident in internal medicine at Hopkins. He is now one of nine fellows in the coveted Cardiology Fellowship program at that hospital. JAMES DALE is an executive, consultant, and author. He rose from copywriter to CEO of Doner Advertising, an agency that advises major corporations, including Chiquita, Ford, BP, Arby's, and Verizon. He has acted as a marketing consultant to numerous companies, from entrepreneurial startups to major consumer brands.