My first and best role model

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 03 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:45
  1. Ami Schattner, head, Kaplan Medical Centre, Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem
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    As final year medical students, we had an obligatory two weeks’ rotation in the hospital’s dermatology department. Although we could appreciate how common, important, and revealing skin problems were, dermatology was way off the mainstream for us.

    Our young American dermatology instructor beckoned me at the end of one morning session. “What does a handsome young man like you need those for?” were his exact words, indicating two moles that I had on my face. He undertook to remove them for me, explaining that this could be easily done …

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