I sat at my desk trying to write a letter to Madeline, the daughter of two close friends. I have known her since she was born and mentored her on the path to medical school acceptance. My intention was to write a letter to Madeline as she embarked on her medical training. I imagined coming up with something to inspire her. However, all I could think to write was some combination of the pithy statements that fill the addresses at white-coat ceremonies or the conclusions of personal statements.
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A heart-touching experience translated into concise advice for new medical school entrants. I fully endorse the author's tripartite lesson of patient autonomy, careful nuance of patient-doctor relationship, and usefulness of a sunshine folder. As I am moving towards the end of the sixth decade of my professional life, I can rightly justify the usefulness of the article's advice for the next generation of medical trainees. My sunshine folder has always been the source of motivation & inspiration in moments of failures & frustrations.
Cifu AS. Advice for a Student Starting Medical School. JAMA. 2018;320(8):759–760. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.11225
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