Did I ever tell you about the friend of mine who delivered a baby at my hospital, during the first few weeks of fellowship?

I went to see her (and her beautiful new baby), and she (a professional, composed woman) squealed when she saw me. "You are adorable in your white coat!" she said. "You look just like a real doctor."

I tried to point out that, in fact, I was a real doctor - and had been one for several years. But she was too charmed, and insisted on taking a picture of me with her phone because I was just so cute.

Last year, I reminded her of this story, and she blamed the Percocet. Nice try, I said.

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