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A Piece of My Mind
December 16, 1998

First Attending Rounds

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Edited by Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.

JAMA. 1998;280(23):1987-1988. doi:10.1001/jama.280.23.1987

The familiar scent of antiseptic tickled my nose as I walked back onto the hospital ward after a 4-year absence. The IV poles and pumps hung out by the nursing station as they always had. Stat-summoned translators still scurried to the aid of residents, who were fumbling through Russian, Farsi, and Spanish, in pursuit of the requisite, albeit elusive, H&P. The ward clerk had a little less hair but same smile, especially broad today upon seeing me in my new role of voluntary teaching attending.

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