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An Intern’s Recollection of a Night at the VA, July 2004 FREE TO VIEW

Doug Hester, MD
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Editor’s Note:The author writes, “I wrote this poem looking at a group of new interns leaving the hospital. Maybe I am still trying to decide whether I am supposed to be in the library or the hospital.” Doug Hester is an anesthesiologist at Vanderbilt University who spends most of his days in ENT and neurosurgical ORs. He will begin an MFA in Writing in 2014.

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Chest. 2014;146(3):871. doi:10.1378/chest.13-3009
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After the code,
a perfusing rhythm
back and a new
chest tube to suction,
my chief offered
some feedback on
my central line:
the needle was
in the wrong place,
just like me.




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