Thursday, January 31, 2008

Only A Medical Student

About the only thing a medical student doesn't duplicate on the hospital care team is time spent with patients. With their time, students contribute to care in a manner others cannot.

A thorough exam to assure nothing is overlooked. Tucking in the developmentally delayed adult with her stuffed animal. Listening to a hero's WWII stories.

This is the medicine no drug company will ever invent. It is the treatment Medicare will never reimburse.

Is this year the only period of my life when I dispense the prescription of time?

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