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Lessons Learned

Deborah A. Morris, MD
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From Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27705.

Requests for Single Reprints: Deborah A. Morris, MD, HSR&D VAMC, Center for Palliative Care, Duke University Medical Center, DUMC Box 2770, Durham, NC 27705; e-mail, deborah.morris@duke.edu.

Ann Intern Med. 2011;154(10):702. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-154-10-201105170-00014
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My twin sister is a pediatrician, and I am an internist. I occasionally speculate about what prompted us to choose our respective specialties, but rarely did I think our fields were different. During my palliative medicine fellowship, I was surprised to learn that I would have to spend 2 weeks on a pediatric rotation. I entered the experience with an open mind and surprised myself by learning more about the practice of medicine than I ever expected.





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