This is a quote by Albert Schweitzer, who as a physician, worked in Gabon to provide healthcare to those in need. He focused on using medicine as an opportunity to serve others. And for that reason, there is a fellowship named after him, the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, which provides mentorship and support for medical students who are willing to spend time during their medical school experience in service.
I just finished working on my fellowship, working with middle and high school students by providing them health education using a particular case-based learning model, where students act like doctors and try to solve a mystery case.
To celebrate the end of our fellowship, we all sat down for dinners and shared about our experiences in service. What truly was powerful was that after 2 years of school, we are driven now more than ever to work even harder in service throughout our careers. Some say that as you go throughout medical school, you go from pre-cynical to cynical. Yet at this dinner, I saw a recommitment to the values of service in medicine.
So I ask you all, what drives you to use medicine as an opportunity to serve?