Courage, Grace, and Community: On Virtue in Training

  • Benjamin W. Frush
    Address correspondence to: Benjamin W. Frush, MD, MA, Vanderbilt University Medical Center Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, 719 Thompson Lane Suite 20400, Nashville, TN, 37204, USA.
    Vanderbilt Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency training program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Monroe Carroll Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN, USA
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      “You'll always remember the first person you code,” my medical school mentor once told me. He was right, though not for the reasons I expected. I was able to avoid this grisly rite of passage prior to residency training, but shortly into my intern year I found myself returning to his words as I pressed rhythmically on Ms. Johnson's brittle, tumor-fraught thorax.

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