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President's Address
September 23/30, 1998

Packing My Bag for the Road Ahead

Author Affiliations

Dr Dickey is the current president of the American Medical Association.

JAMA. 1998;280(12):1045-1047. doi:10.1001/jama.280.12.1045

A WISE PERSON once said, "Always have your bags packed. You never know where life's journey is going to take you."

I couldn't agree more. In fact, I have my bag with me tonight—I've chosen to bring that traditional black bag that physicians have carried over the generations. My bag is packed and ready to go as I prepare for this year-long journey of my AMA presidency.

Of course, having one's bag packed isn't really about having a change of clothes ready. It's about being prepared to take advantage of the opportunities that come your way in life. And I am prepared.

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