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Alligator attack: an illustration of the impact of early clinical exposure


Roy Soto, MD, Department of Anaesthesiology, University of South Florida College of Medicine, 12901 Bruce B Downs, MDC 59, Tampa, Florida 33612-4799, USA. Tel.: 00 1 813 844 7438; E-mail:


Context and process  The authors recount the importance of mentoring during medical education. A personal narrative of clinical exposure as a University of South Florida (USF) student at Tampa General Hospital illustrates the unparalleled value of unique clinical situations such as the emergency care of a patient following an alligator attack. The benefits of early clinical experience and integrated medical education to be obtained through a mentor relationship are explored.

Conclusion  The clinical exposure of medical students is central to their development as clinicians.

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