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Inside Medicine at Weill Cornell: "Meeting in the Middle"

The single most important thing I hope our medical students take away from their experience at Weill Cornell is this: Keep the patient at the center of everything you do. This message resides at the heart of what makes us Weill Cornell.

Medical students around the country are already among the brightest young adults around. They've typically excelled in their studies and extracurricular activities, and they're eager and curious to learn. They're driven and willing to undergo the rigors of medical school and residency. They want to become the best doctors possible.

Still, in our fast-paced, hectic world, it can be all too easy to lose sight of what's most important--and that's the patient. As Jennifer Harmon, who's featured in the third and last episode of this season's Inside Medicine video series, says: "What's the worst feeling but not to be seen?...I'm not a number. I'm a person with a name and a history and a life that's been suddenly, dramatically interrupted as I know it."

Jennifer is a patient mentor in our Longitudinal Educational Experience Advancing Patient Partnerships (LEAP) program, which pairs students with patients throughout the course of medical school. And this moving video serves as a powerful reminder to doctors at all stages of their career of how important it is to really talk to patients, listen to them, and make them feel cared for.

Inside Medicine - Meeting in the Middle from Weill Cornell Medical College on Vimeo.

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