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Advice for a student starting medical school

Published on: Nov 26, 2018


In a widely shared narrative essay from the JAMA series “A Piece of My Mind”, internist Adam S. Cifu, MD offers three basic lessons not taught in medical school that he learned about practicing medicine based on his experiences from a patient with whom he has built a trusting relationship over the years. 

This thoughtful and encouraging essay touches on how the work of managing personal relationships with patients, keeping what you learned in medical school in perspective, and maintaining a sunshine folder for when times get tough can help an aspiring physician as they begin their journey.