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Amber Robins: Diary of a Med Student

May 22, 2011: One week left.

Author: Amber Robins

May 22, 2011

Dear Journal,  
One Week. Yes, only one week left in my first year of medical school! I cannot believe it, but am so glad that it is true. This year has been challenging, amazing, tiring, fun, and enjoyable. Even with all the amazing things that happened this year, I am so glad that it is almost over. Before it ends, I have to tell you about another amazing experience that I had this week.  This week I met a patient who had Xeroderma pigmentosa. This is a rare autosomal recessive disease of defective DNA repair. Someone with such a disease has a higher risk of possible blindness and skin cancer in sunlight-exposed parts. Understanding the prognosis of such a disease, you’d probably think that this patient would be absolutely depressed.  
That was not the case at all in our patient. He was one of the most inspiring individuals I have ever met on this earth. He had such a passion for life and for teaching future physicians the importance of caring for each and every patient. Although we hear this on numerous occasions in the medical field, there was something that was different in this young man’s definition of caring for a patient. He emphasized that each physician should show love, kindness, and respect. There should be a sense of trust built with each patient. I am confident that my experience that day will stay with me for life. That experience closed another great week.   
Well, I’m going into the last week of medical school. I’m really excited! Wish me luck!  
Amber Robins, MS1

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