Our medical education is comprehensive in that it is a compilation of book learning, clinical skills, and life expe-riences that come together to help shape us into the best possible physicians. We sacrifice many things, whether it is our sleep, holidays, or weekends, and part of our ordeal is learning to balance our family lives with our work lives. This piece is a personal account of the author’s experience with the loss of his grandfather at the start of the third year clinical rotations.



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