Elle Gallagher is a an ambitious first-year medical student embarking on her journey to becoming a doctor in the Midwest. Even though she may have made the right career choice, she still has much to learn about finding the perfect man. She is surrounded by Kaity, a bombshell blonde classmate who falls for her geeky Indian lab partner, and Jainey, a sensible and cynical law student who is tragically denying herself love. After a masochistic night of speed-dating, Elle accidentally stumbles into the arms of Missouri’s biggest playboy, an incident that damages her self-esteem and spins her into a roller coaster of self-discovery.
Together, Elle and Kaity confront the realities of rigorous medical school training while trying to maintain their need for male companionship. Burning the Short White Coat exposes the personal battles that single women must overcome in balancing a demanding profession and the desire to find a trusting and loving relationship.