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A Piece of My Mind
October 23/30, 2013

Shepard’s Prayer

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Urology, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center; and Department of Urology, David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles
JAMA. 2013;310(16):1675-1676. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.279192

When I accepted the faculty position offered by the chair of my department, he asked when I’d like to start. My fellowship would end on June 30, and so July 1 seemed like the logical choice—it was a Monday and everything else in the past 10 years of my life had started on that date. “I’ll start July 1.” Wouldn’t I want a little time off? A vacation, perhaps, with my wife and baby? I would. But the reality was that we had bills to start paying and no savings. I was in the common, but uncomfortable, position of being highly educated, thoroughly trained, and positively broke.