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Academic Medicine Podcast

Mar 22, 2021

“I study, because when I return to that hospital without doctors, deep in the West African bush, I want to be better. I teach, because I am but one, and it is the many which make the most difference.”

Having to face the death of his patients, resident medical officer, Dr. Aidan Tan, reflects on his lessons learned regarding a doctor's responsibility.

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