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On Being a Doctor |

My Day Off

Jon C. Tilburt, MD, MPH
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From the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892.


Note: The author later discovered that “Medicine for the Public” is actually a lecture series organized each year to introduce the community to new breakthroughs in medical research.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed are those of the author and do not represent the position or policies of the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or the U.S. Public Health Service.

Requests for Single Reprints: Jon Tilburt, MD, MPH, 1C119, Building 10, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892; e-mail, jontilburt@yahoo.com.


Ann Intern Med. 2007;146(6):465-466. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-146-6-200703200-00017
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Eleven years after graduating from college, I got my first real job. Earlier this month, I sat in a suburban office building outside of Washington, DC, pledged to serve and protect the constitution of the United States as a civilian employee of the United States Public Health Service, and started commuting to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). My new daily routine involves driving to work early each morning, passing through a gated entrance with guards who swab my steering wheel (for illicit substances, I presume) and past banners declaring “Medicine for the Public”—the mission (I presume) of the NIH.

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