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A Piece of My Mind
October 1, 2014

Graduation Gift

Author Affiliations
  • 1Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
JAMA. 2014;312(13):1301-1302. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.10544

I graduated medical school on a Sunday. On Monday, with the newly earned letters MD adorning the end of my name, I accompanied two friends to their doctor’s appointment at the institution where I trained. These friends happened to have graduated from a neighboring medical school just two days earlier, so as three new 20-some-year-old physicians entered an outpatient appointment, we humored one another by addressing each other only as “Doctor.” I was there primarily for moral support (and to help with directions), but my new professional colleagues were there for the same appointment, at the same time, with the same surgeons.

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