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  • Tikkun Olam: Repairing the World One Outbreak at a Time

    Josh Schaffzin, MD, PhD
    Government Research
    Public Health
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    I have always wondered what anesthesiologists or radiologists said during their interview for medical school admission when asked "Why do you want to be a doctor?" I imagine most of them answered, "I want to help people", or "I like people." I also imagine that if asked why they chose to become an anesthesiologist or radiologist they would reply, "I don't like people." In other words, they prefer the patient to be asleep most of the time, or in the next room. What might a public health practitioner say? Perhaps, "I like people, I just like dealing with them from afar." During my medical school interview, I had the spiel memorized. I was even going a step further, applying to a combined MD-PhD program. I was going to find cures to rare diseases and deliver them ...