Life Math: An Essay by Marion Bishop, MD – JAMA:298:266-268, 2007

This is a profound and wonderful essay about the “cost” of doing a residency…  by comparing medical training to Anne Bradsteet’s life – a 17th century American poet.     I encourage anyone who is discouraged about the years, the sleepless nights and the financial cost of medical training to read this.

” …..    life is not a zero-sum game. A gain in one column does not necessitate a loss in another, and winning does not correlate with being debt-free or having the fewest losses in the final tally at the end of life. Rather, all losses are gains. All gains have corresponding losses. This is not harsh or bleak or cruel. This is being human. This is life. Sometimes you are talented enough to write it down.  And sometimes you are lucky enough to read what a wiser writer had to say about it 329 years ago.”

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