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A Piece of My Mind
February 17, 2015

The Other AMA

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Care, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, DC
JAMA. 2015;313(7):671-672. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.13626

Many in academic medicine approach July with a touch of dread. The seismic turnover to brand-new trainees creates a chaotic few weeks, making even a long New England winter seem almost attractive. For me, however, July serves as a perennial reminder of our humble origins and an opportunity to appreciate the magnitude of one’s personal evolution: how we have grown in our medical knowledge; how we have grown in our capacity to handle the stress of constantly being around illness; how we have found ways to cope with unsavory personalities, delivering bad news, and even death. Although it feels impossible at first, most things we face as physicians do become easier with time and practice.

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