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Cancer educates a med student
Los Angeles Times

Joshua Lilienstein lined up for treatment this summer at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center’s general oncology clinic. A medical student who’d been battling cancer for four years, Lilienstein had little choice. In June 2009, he lost his insurance after maxing out on the lifetime benefit.

At 30, Lilienstein found himself playing two roles: a patient negotiating the county’s options for the uninsured and a medical student working the halls of the same hospital to finish a demanding 12-week surgery rotation.