Our medical degrees are in boxes

I remember visiting my pediatrician as a child, and even at a young age I was in awe of his degrees hanging on the wall. Looking back, I think I may have looked like the kid in Norman Rockwell’s Doctor with my behind in the air waiting to get a vaccination while staring in fascination at my pediatrician’s diplomas. Even at that young age, I could appreciate that these placards hanging silently on the wall that I never saw before meant that the person in the white coat that was examining me had this privilege because of the diplomas hanging on his wall. It’s engrained in our psyche early on in life and then rooted deeper in movies and real life that having degrees mean one has the ex...

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