Going back to Nigeria, I will see everything from a different perspective. A lot needs to be changed in the health system in Nigeria, and I know that they can be modified despite the economy of the country. It needs the cooperation of every health personnel from the government to the medical student.
The past century is riddled with interventions wresting control away from physicians and centralizing it in the hands of the federal government and large firms. Rather than addressing policy issues as they arise, reviewing the healthcare system in historical context can reframe the discussion, revealing its foundational problems.
While in medical school it is easy to become siloed in studying for exam after exam and lose sight of the goal we are working toward, tirelessly striving to build the intellectual foundation we will need to treat our patients. But our careers will be so much more than the individual interactions we have with our patients.
“As this wave of free market healthcare solutions emerges, it is important to make sure the government stays out of the way. The free market does work in healthcare if given the chance.” ~Trenton Schmale, DO, BRI chapter founder & past president Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine
My interactions with like-minded peers and experts who are working to return “joy” to the profession have given me the confidence to express my viewpoints with other physicians who may have different world views. I now have a network of physicians and fellow residents with whom I can discuss entrepreneurial or policy ideas. I truly loved getting to know the staff and BRI students across the country. I had such a wonderful experience and hope to pay it forward in the future. I urge medical students to please stay involved as residents, keep your email updated and maintain your BRI membership. As more students graduate there will be a greater role for resident mentorship as well as ways to focus on our own professional development.