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Margaret McCartney: Vocation, vocation, vocation

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i6526 (Published 08 December 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6526
  1. Margaret McCartney, general practitioner
  1. Glasgow
  1. margaret{at}margaretmccartney.com

In the end, vocation is what it’s all about. We’re tested on its presence before we enter medical school. We’re implored to hold ourselves to the highest standards. We’re judged according to these standards, even when the resources to achieve them are wilfully withheld.

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