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Even experts were trainees once...

Lessons from grad school #27169:
"Daphne, what's your recommendation?"
That question from the chair at today's research meeting took me completely by surprise. It was only when 14 faces (all MDs and/or PhDs) turned towards me that it hit me that **I** was the expert on the area at the table.
There is still so much I don't know about the area, but what I did know was enough to advise the group on the study design.
As trainees, it's easy to be overwhelmed by the expertise in the room. But you know what? All experts started exactly where we are: insecure, neurotic, and overwhelmed.
So the next time that little voice inside says "I don't know anything," remember: Even Nobel laureates were trainees once.
And even they don't know everything.

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