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Transformation: From Medical Student to Patient

Sarah Hilgenberg, BA
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From Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA 94305.

Acknowledgment: The author thanks Dr. Audrey Shafer for her guidance.

Grant Support: By the Stanford Arts and Humanities Medical Scholars Program.

Requests for Single Reprints: Sarah Hilgenberg, c/o Zera Murphy, Stanford University School of Medicine, Medical School Office Building, Room 323, 251 Campus Drive, Stanford, CA 94305; e-mail, shilgenberg@stanford.edu.

Ann Intern Med. 2006;144(10):779-780. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-144-10-200605160-00015
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In August 2002, I left Boston in my small, tightly packed car for a weeklong cross-country trip. Through the side mirrors, I watched everything familiar disappear. Destination: Stanford Medical School, where I would train to be a physician. I had decided to leave the Northeast, my family, and most of my friends in pursuit of an adventure. Little did I know that this adventure would quickly become more than I ever could have imagined. Not only would I begin to study the art and science of medicine, but I would also learn perhaps the most difficult lesson of all: how to be a patient.





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