While precepting in clinic one morning, I was suddenly overwhelmed with memories. The senior resident presented his management of a 30-year-old man who was there for a “checkup.” He had taken a detailed family history, reviewed the patient's health risks, and performed a focused physical examination. The patient had a new girlfriend, and they both wanted to be checked for sexually transmitted infections and screened for human immunodeficiency virus, so the resident sent him to the lab. I think the resident knew that something was up when I didn't just say “OK,” allowing him to move on to his next patient. What I wanted to say to him was “You have no idea what it was like not all that long ago.”
Frey JJ. You Have No Idea. JAMA. 2011;306(5):469–470. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1053
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