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Academic Medicine Podcast

May 25, 2020

"Every clinician can remember his or her first real code as a singular event, but often unspoken is how these experiences chip away at the body, mind, and soul of even the most steadfast of people. Piece by piece, the mosaic of a fledgling medical student builds, cracks, and rebuilds with the ever-present risk of shattering altogether in the crucible."

Medical student Damond Ng describes his first code and what he learned about the beautiful burden that physicians bear trying to keep harm at bay.

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