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Academic Medicine Podcast

Jul 26, 2021

“This was not a case report in a medical textbook but a real-life situation, and my adrenaline and training had pushed me to fight and not freeze. My attendance at many prior deliveries had never presented me with quite the same challenges, yet they strengthened me for this moment.”


Pediatric chief resident, Dr. Sarah Justvig, emphasizes the positive impact of rigorous clinical training and acknowledges how the supportive teaching of her teachers and mentors has strengthened her readiness for real-life challenges.


This essay was published in the Teaching and Learning Moments column in the July 2021 issue of Academic Medicine. Read the essay at