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Possner, Adam MD
Dr. Possner is assistant professor, Department of General Internal Medicine, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, DC; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
They were given to me
in my own time of need
during my intern year
amid fear and self-doubt.
You may not believe me
but things will get better.
He was right. I didn’t
believe him, which is why
part of me believed him.
And things did get better.
Now, several years later
I am an attending.
When I have a learner
or a patient who is
in need of hope, I share
these same words of comfort
as long as I believe
they really could be true.
Author’s Note: In this poem, I describe the difficulty I faced as I transitioned from a fourth-year medical student to an intern and the words of comfort my program director at the time shared. I continue to carry these words with me and to pass them on to others in need along the way.
© 2013 by the Association of American Medical Colleges
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