We are a new generation of physicians and physicians in training.  The words "stem cell therapy," “Robertsonian translocation," and "artificial tracheal transplant" were part of our vocabulary from the first day of medical school.  At the astounding speed at which scientific advancements are made, our ability to incorporate new material is in a constant state of change. Slowly, the heavy textbooks became relics, as we migrated towards a mobile knowledge, a ...

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One of the most memorable discussions regarding the cost of care was at 4:45AM during surgical morning rounds. As usual, the interns would present the overnight events of their patients to the chief resident and a plan for the day would be agreed upon.  These morning rounds were particularly intense: in addition to the 30 patients that an intern had to manage solo over night, the brutal hours that the surgical ...

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