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A Piece of My Mind
February 10, 1999

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JAMA. 1999;281(6):493. doi:10.1001/jama.281.6.493

Dan's fears were confirmed. Despite three months of daily anxiety, the bottom line again read "Pass." Dan's hands clutched yet another lukewarm evaluation to add to his ever-growing pile.

"According to your evaluations, you need to speak up more, Dan."

Dan glanced up at the attending in charge of the medicine rotation with a blank look that belied his jumbled thoughts. Since July, the clinical segment of medical school had overwhelmed him. Numbed and intimidated, Dan had gradually receded into silence, the worst possible position for a third-year medical student. Too disheartened to respond, Dan simply shook the attending's hand and returned to his team.

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