From this past sunday, until about 11 hours ago, I was in California making a number of presentations on ‘Routine Miracles”. University of San Diego, University of Southern California, UCLA, Family Practice, Kaiser Sunset Hospital, The Block Radio (http://www.theblockradio.com/) , Zocalo Square literary Magazine, two Kaplan Centers.
It’s not so easy to stay positive in the face of so many fixed, negative ideas. There is a nearly universal belief in the minds of the students and the doctors that the best days in Medicine are for some reason in the past. The same fear based psychology. I see no evidence of a ground swell of excitement about the burning issues of Health Care Reform. I see no evidence that the near certitude that there is to be the largest leap forward in healthcare coverage in forty years is about to happen and that the country will be living up better to its ideals.
I See little evidence of leadership trickling down to the students and the residents that we are in the incipient age of a Greater Civilization that casts a finer value on all our citizens and that we are to have the greatest explosion in medical education in a century.
Not one person has greeted me with a word showing that the Research Budget in the United States has just been raised to the most generous in the history of the world.
Where then, are our hearts? Where are the ideals that gave you the impulse to enter medicine? How much longer will your life be tormented by fear?
We are entering a golden age of medicine. The Miraculous is occuring.
Get on board!
How will YOU contribute? What disease will YOU eradicate?