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You'd have better luck at becoming famous in the wide world outside of the medical establishment if you did something infamous—like, faking results of your research papers or becoming an evil doc who kills patients by injecting them with lethal drug cocktails. Or maybe your medical error could have caused the death of a famous rich patient—say, a Michael Jackson type, and your name would be splashed all over the front pages of tabloids throughout the known world.

But you wouldn't want that type of fame. You'd want to settle for what the rest of your colleagues strive to achieve—a good reputation and modest-to-great fame in the profession as you work hard to banish pain among the sick and benighted of the world.