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On My Mind
November 2017

Medicine’s Firsts

Author Affiliations
  • 1Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
JAMA Pediatr. 2017;171(11):1037. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.2235

Practicing medicine is full of firsts: the first time someone calls you “doctor” and the first time a patient thanks you for saving their life. After those moments, you leave the hospital remembering why you went into medicine. You like to help people. Sometimes that means curing or easing someone’s suffering. Sometimes that means helping families cope with terminal conditions. You want to save the world 1 person at a time. And then, of course, there’s the first time you call time of death.

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