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Notes on the Presidential Transition

After a difficult and divisive campaign, the election of Donald Trump and Michael Pence has stunned many in the fields of medicine and public health who had hoped for a different outcome. Eight years ago, I was part of the transition after the election of President Barack Obama. Our excitement about what was now possible for the country was tempered with a recognition that others saw matters quite differently. This experience informs several thoughts about the current transition.

First, the incoming administration should reach out to understand the issues and concerns of those with whom it may disagree politically and to find areas of common ground.

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