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A Piece of My Mind
June 2, 2010


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

JAMA. 2010;303(21):2117-2118. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.714

I never thought this day would come.

The meaning of the day struck me at the oddest of moments. I was rushing around my apartment, picking up bedsheets, pillowcases, towels, jeans, gym clothes, all badly in need of a whirl in the washing machine. Oddly, it was always an afterthought to add my short white coat to my pile of laundry. And today, as I placed it at the top of the pile, I suddenly remembered that I never needed to wash it again. I had just returned from my last day of my last clinical rotation as a medical student. The last day I ever had to wear this short, awkward coat.

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