Twenty-five years ago many ward attendings were senior specialists. It was considered both an honor and a duty to attend on the teaching service, which typically involved serving for a 4-week stretch at least once a year. Being a specialist with an arcane research interest was not a disqualification. Even though such attendings might have had relatively narrow comfort zones, residents often learned both about medicine and the nature of an academic and research career from them.
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