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A Piece of My Mind
July 8, 2009

Physician by Number

Author Affiliations

A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne K. Young, Associate Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2009;302(2):127-128. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.979

It's an inflated title:
“Student Doctor.”
More accurate might be
“Recent college graduate
who spends her days buried in books.”
Without her fancy white coat,
would you expose
intimate details
to this stranger?
Would you surrender
every nook
to foreign hands?
Would you submit
your vulnerabilities
to a novice?

Or would you balk at the youth
standing at the foot of your bed?
Would you question the girl with curly locks
while she feigns a professional façade?
The girl recently mistaken for a teenager
when she ordered a glass of wine?
The girl who giggles when she sees a cute guy?
The girl who still cherishes her stuffed animals?
The girl who has lived a comfortable life
and may not appreciate where you're coming from,
even though she listens intently
and desperately wants to understand your world?
What gives her the right
to invade your privacy?
to subject you to such indignities?

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