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A Piece of My Mind
July 3, 2013

Pay It Forward

Author Affiliations
  • 1Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center, Los Angeles, California
JAMA. 2013;310(1):37-38. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.5163

The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.

Terry Pratchett

For the past 3 years, I have served as a mentor for 24 medical students, a cohort of the first-year class at a medical school in Southern California. On Monday afternoons we meet in their MDL, or Multidisciplinary Lab, where we follow a curriculum designed to foster professional development, providing exposure to topics as varied as medical ethics, complementary and alternative medicine, or the role of the physician in society.