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  • Published: 1 March 2022
  • ISBN: 9781760894634
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272

Emotional Female




A passionate account of the toxic culture of bullying and overwork that medical students can experience in the workplace as part of their training.

Yumiko Kadota was a young, gifted medical student – the top of her class – on her way to becoming an outstanding plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Fourteen years she’d studied and worked hard. She put in 70-hour weeks at the public hospital as a plastic surgery registrar, accepted everything her superiors threw at her because that’s what you do to get on, right? Her life revolved around her work, but it was okay because it would all amount to a stellar, dream career down the track. In 2018, she walked away from it all.

Emotional Female charts Kadota’s rugged journey through ambition and dedication to exploitation and eventual collapse – and beyond. Yumiko Kadota is a voice for her generation when it comes to work practices and burnout, but she’s also someone other generations can look to as a symptom of what’s acceptable in the workplace.

  • Published: 1 March 2022
  • ISBN: 9781760894634
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272

About the author

Yumiko Kadota

Yumiko is a medical doctor from Sydney. She resigned from public hospital work after experiencing burnout and now works in medical education and private health. Her story entered mainstream media after she blogged in February 2019 about her experiences as a trainee in the health system, opening with the words: ‘I never thought I would say this, but I broke. I give up. I am done. I am handing back my dream of becoming a surgeon.’ Nowadays she’s rebuilding herself, starting with her health. She blogs on wide range of topics that reflect her various interests; eco-warrior, yogi, book worm.

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