I was feeling anorexic and chilled as I sat with my wife at a local diner. The right lower quadrant pain that had been worsening over the past 3 days could no longer be ignored. “I have acute appendicitis,” I told my wife. “I need to go to the radiologist.”A computed tomography (CT) scan of my abdomen confirmed my suspicion. After learning that I also had leukocytosis, we headed to the emergency department (ED). The ED doctor was pleasantly surprised that someone had come to his facility completely evaluated. All he had to do was call the surgeon. But first he introduced
me to a 4th-year medical student who was participating in a surgical rotation.

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