My name is Adam Reilly and I am a graduate of Old Dominion University with a B.S. in Professional and Technical Writing. It is my hope to one day become a physician with a focus in primary care and environmental/global health; but not in the terms as I currently understand them to exist.
Global Health, as it has been explained to me, is currently better served as an idea or mindset than it is a vehicle to effect real change. Its intentions are noble, but the only purpose humanitarianism serves is to allow physicians to practice their skills in an environment other than one they’re used to — or at least, that is how it was presented at a conference I recently attended on the subject; an interpretation with which I wholeheartedly disagree.
Medicine has a clear-cut ability to remind us that we are all the same. Regardless of the languages we speak, our social status, country of origin, religion, or political party — we all require and deserve the same medical care. If there was one thing that I took away from that medical conference other than the bad taste it left in my mouth for the current state of the global health field, it is the idea that hunger and famine are not medical problems — they’re political ones.
It is my intention to not only practice medicine, but to improve medicine by way of education, policy, and political action in order to remind our world leaders of their responsibilities to their people in addition to each other. Physicians are and should continue to be the patient’s strongest medical advocate. Just as much effort should be put into the prevention of medical illnesses as is put into their treatment; but communication, organization, and determination are lacking in the medical field as it currently stands.
It is the purpose of this website to advocate for the more widespread integration of humanities courses and backgrounds into pre-medical and medical curricula as a way of not only diversifying the applicant pool, but also as a way to ensure the creation of more well-read, passionate, compassionate, understanding, empathetic, and well-rounded physicians–the type who are needed as we continue to tackle both the problems of today and the problems of tomorrow.
In addition to bridging this gap, I will also utilize this medium as a way of sharing my experiences and interests in medicine, as well as the stories of physicians, and medical personnel whom I wish to emulate in my own practice of medicine.
The world is not nearly as large as it seems.
How incredible would it be to feel close to one another again; to not be divided by the seemingly impermeable barriers of language and culture? Until we begin to see each other as one in the same, we will forever feel the animosity that comes with feeling different.