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May 2004

Sustaining Optimism

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Copyright 2004 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2004

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2004;158(5):414-415. doi:10.1001/archpedi.158.5.414

Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing 3 bright, energetic medical students applying for pediatric residency at our institution. They were articulate, well educated with outstanding recommendations from their deans and teachers. But what struck me most about them were their resumes. Covering multiple pages for each applicant, these resumes were replete with experiences here and abroad, in a wide variety of settings. They had worked in inner-city "free clinics," staffed by medical students and an occasional attending physician; volunteered for boys and girls clubs, mentoring youth from backgrounds very different from their own; spent summers and elective rotations in Africa, at mission hospitals and aid organizations. They are people whom we all can admire and with whom we would enjoy working.