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February 1998

Commencement '97

Arch Dermatol. 1998;134(2):217-218. doi:10.1001/archderm.134.2.217

WELCOME CLASS of '97 to our grand calling.

You doubtless have heard loud, pessimistic voices that declare that doomsday is upon the medical establishment. You are being told that this is a terrible time to enter medicine, that the privileges we oldsters enjoyed in our careers are being snatched away by HMOs, managed care, third-payer bureaucrats, and that modern pestilence, malpractice lawyers. We hear woeful news that physicians are retiring prematurely and urging their children not to become doctors. The prophets of gloom and doom quote the statistic that there are too many of us, that you may not find jobs and are perhaps destined to use your high training to become expert cab drivers and car salesmen.