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The Humanitarian Side of Colon & Rectal Medicine

There are so many pressures in the health care environment, that reaching out and satisfying your humanitarian interests may seem impossible at times. However, there are many ways to balance the dichotomy of humanitarian service, private business enterprise and the professional ethic codes that govern the practice of medicine.

Attend Conferences And Network

You may have been to conferences, perhaps even an annual colon and rectal symposium or a similar event, where humanitarian awards are handed out. Perhaps you´re wondering how these physicians manage to fit their humanitarian work in around their usual duties. Why not approach them and ask them? If you want to get involved, you could offer to help out and volunteer your services when chatting to other doctors with a passion for humanitarian work.

Adapting Your Work

Some locum tenens positions offer doctors with time between assignments to pursue personal and humanitarian interests, like this one, for example. Are you at a time in your career when you could do this? The decision is yours to make. Taking a year or a specific amount of time out of full time practice for humanitarian work could afford you a great deal of personal satisfaction and help you concentrate on a project and see it to fruition.

Volunteer

Volunteering abroad is another way surgeons and colorectal experts can participate in annual trips, like that organized by HELPS International. Hemorrhoid Surgery Center of Excellence´s Gary Hoffman, MD, went to Guatemala in 2013 on a mission to treat medical problems in one of Guatemala´s rural indigenous areas. The team he was accompanied by performed over 100 surgeries. HELPS International is a nonprofit organization that recruits volunteers to work in Central and Latin America, and many members of La Peer Health Systems travel together annually as a result of their commitment to helping underprivileged populations with their urgent medical needs.

Get Into Research

The Research Foundation of the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons provides grants for members seeking to make advancements in the field of colorectal surgery, and has raised over $5 million to do so. If research fires you up, why not apply?

Think Local

Humanitarian work doesn´t have to be performed somewhere far away. There are always opportunities to do pro bono work for low-income patients. Dr. Maz Ghodsian, D.O, J.D, F.C.L.M, for example – who offers expert treatments for anal pain, hemorrhoids and anal beauty lends his expertise and services to several local projects, including La Amistad de Jose Family Health Center and St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, CA. He is also a founding member of the nonprofit Obesity Free Foods Association, which works to change the way the food manufacturing industry produces food, emphasizing natural ingredients, portion control and nutritive choices.

Specialize

Adam M. Robinson, Jr M.D., M.B.A, FACS, FASCRS, CPE, is an expert in humanitarian and disaster relief and was the 36th Surgeon General of the United States Navy. He is responsible for the floating hospitals providing free care to the injured people in Haiti and Indonesia via USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy. Could you also specialize in disaster relief or work for Doctors Without Borders?

After her colorectal training at New York Presbyterian Hospitals of Cornell and Columbia, New York, NY, Sharon L. Stein, MD, FACS, spent 6 months as a surgeon with Doctors without Borders in South Sudan and again in 2010 after the earthquake in Haiti. After your residency could be the perfect time to scoot off and enjoy some humanitarian work for yourself.

Want to dive in immediately? Once you have applied for your residency, you´ll have a long and fulfilling career ahead of you when you can choose to do plenty of humanitarian work. The key is to specialize in something that sets your heart on fire. If you´d like help writing your personal statement so you can get onto the residency of your dreams, you know where to find us.

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