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Surgical Reminiscence
March 2000

The Professor Touch

Arch Surg. 2000;135(3):358-359. doi:10.1001/archsurg.135.3.358

THE EXCITEMENT was overwhelming. A mere intern, I was going to present a paper at the Surgical Forum. And my fellow resident and research buddy had in hand an acceptance as well. That year, the annual meeting of the American College of Surgeons met in San Francisco, Calif. More excitement. Then the program came out and Warren Cole, MD, called the two of us into his office. In a rotating internship, I had just finished the 2-month tour in obstetrics and gynecology and had started a 2-month pediatric rotation. The meeting was held at 6 PM, after pediatrics rounds, so Stuart Roberts, who was a year ahead of me, could attend. He was serving his 2-year army obligation at the fifth army headquarters in Chicago, Ill.

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