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The Art and the Calling
May 2003

Maimonides and Midcareer

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Copyright 2003 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2003

Arch Dermatol. 2003;139(5):577-578. doi:10.1001/archderm.139.5.577

Being midway between residency and Medicare is an appropriate time to take personal stock of one's professional life. An honest self-assessment of achievements, misgivings, and goals is a worthwhile exercise in determining career satisfaction, which affects physicians, their colleagues, patients, and families. This essay is a purely personal reflection of my experiences and aspirations intertwined with perspectives on the present and future status of dermatology. The impetus behind this is based on multiple discussions I have had with my dermatology residents regarding the ethical issues that all of us face.

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