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December 15, 2004

Fascinating Rhythm—Reply

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Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(23):2836. doi:10.1001/jama.292.23.2836-b

In Reply: As a resident, Dr Bingley experienced what our department chairman, Dr David Hellmann, refers to as a “eureka moment,”1 when he was the only person on Earth who knew what was going on with his patient. Such moments only occur when a physician is deeply involved with his or her patient, whether that results from examining the patient’s blood smear or from spending time at the bedside getting to know the patient’s “story.” As a residency program director, I consider it my job to make sure that young physicians have as much opportunity to experience these moments—and to savor them—as Dr Bingley had when he was a house officer. I will also make sure that they, and the man I described, know how special our patients are to us even decades later.

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