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February 16, 1994

The Right Choice

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Miami, Fla

JAMA. 1994;271(7):503. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03510310033025

To the Editor.  —A few months ago I took my 12-year-old daughter along for morning rounds during Parent's Career Day. The fast pace of moving from intensive care unit to medical wards to pathology and radiology offices and then across town for an endless clinic seemed certain to encourage her in her plans to become a lawyer, and I do not add the stress of frequent buzzing of the beeper and recurrent overhead calls in the hospital. However, her announcement that evening that she had decided to switch to medicine left me enjoying in secret pride the enormous fulfillment we can still harvest from our profession.The endearment with medical practice that Dr Small1 refers to goes far beyond the bitterness and disappointment that may come together with it. Young people are not blind to the daily battles of our profession. They are just able to sense the personal

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