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Academic Medicine Podcast

Jul 27, 2020

"But the boys were uninterested in the degrees and accolades I possessed. They paid far closer attention to how I interacted with them. ... I learned I could be fully invested in each interaction, even if it lasted only 5 minutes."

Medical student Victor Hsiao describes what he learned about being fully present for his patients from mentoring a group of at-risk youths in Taiwan. 

This essay was published in the Teaching and Learning Moments column in the July 2020 issue of Academic Medicine. Read the essay at