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A Piece of My Mind
January 6, 2010


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

JAMA. 2010;303(1):15-16. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1904

This above all: To thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.—Shakespeare. Hamlet. Act 1, Scene 3.

“This is a ‘panel’ of two?” I ask, horrified. In preparation for my contribution to “Expectations of Third-Year Medical Students,” I had briefly jotted down notes between a hostile pager, a long wait for a crowded elevator, and while paying for my ridiculously expensive sandwich from the hospital cafeteria. Know how to give a seven-minute presentation that is really seven minutes. Know the most about the patient. Learn how to call a consult. I have some general thoughts to contribute, but not enough information to keep an hour-long session going for a ward-ready group of soon-to-be clinical clerks. My fellow panel-mate is a pediatric resident. I am the attending. It is just us.

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