The first chance I got in residency, I went to Africa and spent twelve weeks in a really remote, rural part of Africa, doing medical care, learning about what was there. At that time... the Rwandan crisis was just breaking out. I remember leaving at the end of 12 weeks and saying, 'You know, this is really tough, I'm not sure this is something that I could do, I'm not sure how I want to do this, but I don't feel like starting a clinic in Africa or giving medical care treats the issue, because the issue is not necessarily the medical care, it's the infrastructure, it's the political situation, it's world response, it's humanitarian aid, it's all these other things.'
I came back and about 4 weeks later I was actually called to go to Rwanda. And in Rwanda I was faced forward of human rights abuses: dead bodies piled on the side of the road, dead and dying babies on the side of the road, picking up infants that I thought were survivable to try and resuscitate, taking care of an orphanage, taking care of refugees who were macheted, who lost arms, hands, had ball-peen hammers put through their heads.
The things that I witnessed at that time were what changed my direction. At that time, I was thinking about doing oncology and research and this was what made me decide that I had to do something more.
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