In Your Words  |   October 2015
Filling an Open Spot
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  •  *Address correspondence to William Ensor, OMS IV, 105 Black Bass Ln, West Media, PA, 19063-1170. E-mail: williamen@pcom.edu
     
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In Your Words   |   October 2015
Filling an Open Spot
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, October 2015, Vol. 115, 634-635. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2015.132
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, October 2015, Vol. 115, 634-635. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2015.132
In an effort to stay alert for a marathon study session, I draw the string of my blinds downward, allowing sunlight to pour into the room. The beam of intense light gleans onto a crisply ironed white coat hanging on my closet door. The coat is completely naked, baring not a name tag, pin, or stain. Its length barely passes my waist, and its only use came during a premeditated encounter with a standardized patient during my third week of school. I imagine that someday the immaculate coat will lose its color and reflect dichotomous times of struggle along with success. However, on this particular day, it will remain on the hanger. It is examination week during my first year of medical school, and I’m surprisingly amused that I’ve become accustomed to studying in the same chair for most of the hours I am awake. As more information is digested page by page, feelings of intense pulsations in my head alert me of a probable oncoming headache. I’ve learned to keep pushing through. 
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