>>At one point, public health and medicine
used to be together. So, the doctor used to be aware of the mosquito count, and the roach
count, and things like that. And at the same time, alright, looked at what was happening
with that particular famine, that particular patient. We divorced public health from the
care of the patient, and I think that divorce did not do any good to medicine.>>We have been presented an opportunity,
presented an incredible opportunity for students to become more sensitive to some of the issues
that are affecting the under-served in this country. Duroville perhaps is an exaggeration
of what we see in many other environments in this country, urban and rural. But they
do exist, and our students should be aware of that.>>All the students, everyone who comes here,
they seem to be ignited in some way or another, inspired. It is not just something like a
standardized patient. It’s not going to a clinic where people can go to any other
doctor if they do not like it kind of attitude. It is people who do not have any access to
almost anything. They make a life of themselves out of what they have. It is amazing how they
can create an existence out of almost nothing. And I want to be a part of helping them, empowering
them; and I think the only way you can solve some of the problems that we face in this
world is through education. I mean really I can treat patients all I want at a clinic
if that’s what I want to do, but I am not changing the root of the problem if I do not
address the root of the problem, if I do not know what that is.>>The reality is that when you look at surveys
that have been done of healthcare in this country, very, very few patients complain
about our technical expertise. Very few patients complain about our diagnostic expertise. They
complain about our arrogance, our lack of culture, sensitivity, the fact we do not dedicate
enough time, the fact that we seem to be in a hurry all the time. We are not interested
about the patient’s issues. Those are the modern complaints. It is not like we made
the incision in the wrong place.>>It feels great. It feels really good that
there are people that care about us, even though they are not from here. Young people
that are motivated to address some of the needs that exist here in Duroville. It feels
great, and I am very appreciative that students from the university are here to help us.>>I think that everybody who’s here has a
genuine interest in the community. They have a genuine interest in the children they see
playing outside, the women they’re listening, the men who come home from work. All those
things are part of their community. We come from our own backgrounds; we come from our
own upbringings; but we all have something to contribute.>>It is impossible for these students to
do this type of work and not to be touched, and not to be changed by this environment.
If you see these students facing these people, you realize that this is really something
that will change their lives.