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March 25, 1983

Dean's Welcome Remarks to the Class of 1986

Author Affiliations

From the School of Medicine, Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

JAMA. 1983;249(12):1589-1590. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330360029030

THIS WEEK, you will begin formal studies leading to the degree of Doctor of Medicine. We have no doubt, based on the screening and scrutiny you have undergone, that you will be doctors. We know you have the ability. You must demonstrate the discipline and dedication. Today, you have vision, a goal, an ideal. In the next few weeks, you may only be able to see as far as an anatomy practical or a biochemistry quiz. Somehow, being a doctor has been replaced by becoming one, and all too quickly the lofty thoughts and humane motivations almost amorphously disappear. We don't discard them, we just lack the time to tend to them, and, like a garden, untended and uncultivated, our dreams become overgrown, tangled, and choked.

Daydream for a moment. Fantasize and let your mind wander. What are you doing here? What do you want to accomplish? What is your