As medical students, we believe that health is a human right to be enjoyed by all, regardless of birthplace or economic status. But sometimes, as medical students, we feel powerless about our ability to enact change and fall into the trap of thinking that “one day” when we graduate, or when we specialize, we will do something. GHC gave me a much needed reminder of why I started medicine, but more than anything, reminded me that “there is no one day, there is only today”…
The phenomenal speakers left me with the sure sense that every one of us was capable of making a tremendous difference. Indeed, it was reiterated time and time again that, with the privilege of a medical education, it was our duty give back. Each speaker came from a different background, with incredibly varied past experiences, and each had found a unique way to help others. Ronni Kahn, the founder of OzHarvest, Australia’s first food rescue organization, urged us to find our purpose in life and to look in the mirror each and every day, certain that we had done all that we can, to be the best we can, today.
We were encouraged to let go of our fear and replace it with curiosity about the future, to grab hold of opportunities to improve, to not limit ourselves with our own insecurities and to always, always remind ourselves that where we set the bar is up to us.
From performing perineal repairs on chicken breasts, learning how to use media to mobilize a movement, meeting the incredible Dr. Fiona Wood (a personal highlight!), to mingling with hundreds of other dedicated and enthusiastic students, GHC was definitely a highlight of 2015. The incredible commitment of the students that I was blessed to meet was nothing short of awe-inspiring, and I left with my brain and heart bursting with new ideas and excitement about what I could do tomorrow to leave the world a little better than I found it.