I began my second year of gastroenterology fellowship after logging hundreds of procedures, scoring high marks in peer and patient reviews, and developing a reputation as a strong endoscopist and clinician. I was proud of my progress but was even more thrilled to no longer carry the department’s on-call pager every other night. One day while rounding on the transplant hepatology service, I met a patient who prescribed me an awkward dose of reality.
That day began like any other. The patient’s primary physician led the conversation while I listened, took notes, and placed electronic orders. Having gotten good news about a pending liver transplant, the patient was in good spirits and insisted each person introduce themselves by name, title, and role. After every introduction, the patient effusively said, “Nice to meet you Dr X. Thank you for taking care of me.”
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Issaka RB. Good for Us All. JAMA. Published online July 09, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.12630
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