I remember the fervor of my first day of internship: expecting a daunting yet exciting time lay ahead and I was finally going to be of some use to people. (And to my parents, relatives, and neighbors: "Oh, you’re finally a doctor.") I felt like Tom Cruise on the airstrip of Miramar racing an F-14 with Kenny Loggins’ Danger Zone as he was about to join Top Gun. However, these cinematic ...

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An unusually calm morning in the ICU led our amiable attending start rounds by asking how we took care of ourselves so that we could look after others. While scrambling to gather patient details, we all struggled to answer them, except for my eccentric British-Canadian friend (who is still confused about his nationality since Brexit) who said he did so by reading Hemingway. In medical school, board scores seem to be ...

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