Physicians are not fundamentally different from their patients

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Delivered at the Harvard Medical School Class Day Ceremony, May 25, 2017.

Distinguished faculty, dedicated staff, and most importantly, loving parents and family members:

Thank you for all you’ve done to support us and transform us into doctors. Harvard Medical School Class of 2017, congratulations. It is an enormous honor to address you all today.

When I was a third-year medical student, I scrubbed in on the surgery of a woman …

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