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Academic Medicine Podcast

Jun 14, 2021

"Many aspects of medical school and residency are akin to patients’ lack of control as they navigate their diagnoses. It is this parallel display of grit that students and physicians can reflect upon when counseling a patient who is struggling to cope."

Jaclyn Mauch, fourth-year medical student at the Perelman School of Medicine at The University of Pennsylvania, describes a life changing event that redefined the grit of her courage, character and resilience, and helped her to better empathize with patients and colleagues.

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