As I prepare to make the transition from medical student to resident, I have been reflecting on what lies ahead. I am excited to participate more in patient care, to learn the specialty I have chosen and to be able to make a positive impact on my patients. However, the red tape and bureaucracy that accompanies modern-day medicine can be daunting and take the joy out of our profession. One way we can reclaim some of that joy is through community service or volunteering with medical organizations. I have had the opportunity to volunteer at various free clinics. Through these experiences, I learned that serving others by giving of your natural or learned talents makes a positive impact not only on the people you are serving, but also on you, as the giver of your time. Volunteering a few hours a month, or even a short-term trip abroad, may help reinforce why you chose medicine as a career and give the opportunity to make a difference to those in desperate need. A good article on this:
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