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On this side of the bubble
  1. Christopher E Gaw, BS
  1. Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA
  1. Correspondence to Christopher E Gaw, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Suite 100 Stemmler Hall, 3450 Hamilton Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6056, USA; cgaw{at}


I was told by many people that medical school would be a transformative period in my life. As I began my medical education, I started to grasp what this meant; medical school was not only an exhilarating academic experience, but a positive social one as well. However, my classmates and I soon realized that we were trapped in a bubble, one which separated the world of medicine from the world at large. Experiencing strain in some of my personal relationships, I tried to explore how the medical bubble could affect our lives not only as future physicians, but also as friends, family, and spouses. It is my hope that an awareness of the bubble will help those in medicine develop and maintain relationships with both their patients and those in their personal lives.

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  • health care education
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