Reader's Digest 2010 White Coat Confessions Doctors, nurses, and pharmacists hold your life in their hands. Here, their shocking stories of what can go wrong-and what has to improve to keep us safe.

Reader's Digest 2010 White Coat Confessions Doctors, nurses, and pharmacists hold your life in their hands. Here, their shocking stories of what can go wrong-and what has to improve to keep us safe.

I was a second-year medical student at the University of Pennsylvania, and on my second day of rounds at a nearby VA hospital. Penn's philosophy was to get students seeing patients early in their education. Nice idea, but it overlooked one detail: Second-year students know next to nothing about medicine.

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