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February 1990

The Society of Surgical Oncology at a Crossroads: Thoughts for the Future: Presidential Address

Author Affiliations

From Surgical Oncology, New England Deaconess Hospital, Boston, Mass.

Arch Surg. 1990;125(2):153-157. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1990.01410140027005

I am deeply honored by being elected president of the Society of Surgical Oncology. In my most extravagant dreams as a college and medical student or surgical resident, I never envisioned being so honored or rewarded. I fully recognize, as in so many careers, that I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time. Having taken 5 years to get through high school, I was lucky enough to have two teachers who pushed me ahead and into Amherst College. As a slightly better-than-average college student and without French or German courses usually required, I was lucky enough to make my selection of medicine as a career change from psychology late enough so that Cornell University did not see my organic grades before accepting me! My luck persisted, though sometimes in obscure ways, by not being accepted at either my first or second choice of internship.

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