‘I was catching up on surgery cases – and then the publisher called’

Dr Neela Janakiramanan shares how her book, 'The Registrar', came to life during a COVID-19 lockdown
Dr Neela Janakiramanan
Dr Neela Janakiramanan. Photo Credit: Phoebe Powell.

During Melbourne’s second COVID-19 lockdown, reconstructive plastic surgeon Dr Neela Janakiramanan started writing a story called The Registrar

It was about the unglamorous toll of medical training — told through the eyes of Emma, a first-year orthopaedic surgery registrar working at a (fictional) teaching hospital.