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A Piece of My Mind
January 27, 2010

Recertification

JAMA. 2010;303(4):309-310. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1959

I cannot bring my own tissues. The test administrator confiscates these in the glass-walled fingerprinting vestibule and replaces them with special, nonprogrammable American Board of Internal Medicine Recertification facial tissues. A well-coiffed physician I recognize from the hospital where I used to practice widens her eyes when confronted with the lipstick tube found in her pocket.

“I can't bring this in?”

The administrator jokes, “Who are you trying to impress?”

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