I’ve said it before and I will say it again: we are so very lucky to have such astonishing physicians here. I firmly believe that a large part of this is the “culture”, the way of thinking, the compassion. Once he/she finishes medical school, they must do their “servicio social” (social services). It is sort of like a lottery as far as where this will be done, where they will be sent. It can be up in the jungle somewhere. It can be a small pueblo/rancho type location. It can be a massively large public hospital in a big city. There is a “salary” (and I use the term loosely) because it is a barely livable amount. The hours are long and grueling. I am absolutely enthralled when my physicians tell me about their servicio social experiences. Many say they were in tiny little villages where the people pretty much “adopted” them. They became part of the locals families who shared meals with them, spent holidays with them. They have returned over the years to visit the families and are always welcomed with open arms. One physician told me that he lived in an open palapa, far up in a jungle. His daily challenge was the scorpions. Day after day, night after night, people being stung by scorpions. Imagine that you are a very young person, just finishing numerous years of intense studying. You are ready to go out in to the world and begin your career as a physician. You have most likely been away from your hometown, family for a long time. But first, you need to leave once again and put in to practice (with minimal resources/materials/supplies) your book knowledge in a remote location. Oh the experiences! I have thought in the past that this would be a wonderful “series” of presentations, of our physicians sharing their experiences during their servicio social. I have put this on my “Summer To-Do” list. I think it would be fascinating! Though payment is minimal and there are many obstacles, what an incredible concept, this requirement of a year of social service.
I would like to take some space here and acknowledge Madeline, the editor of this paper. She is celebrating five years with the PVTribune this month and she deserves a gigantic round of applause. I can barely get a weekly article out (or my monthly newsletter) so I cannot fathom the work involved in putting together an entire paper on a weekly basis and in a timely manner. And to top that off, have it be as varied, as interesting and as brilliant as it is. She is so easy to work with and doesn’t send nasty notes if my articles are late. We most certainly appreciate you Madeline and all of your hard work and dedication!
For some reason, legions of people seem to think that after Easter and as we continue into the summer months, stuff just shuts down around here. That we just sort of curl up and hibernate until next fall. Really? I wish! Life goes on! It’s busy! Long gone are the days of “low season”, for numerous reasons. Sure, some of the social whirlwind settles down but this is our home and we continue living, working, socializing and everything else that is involved in life as we know it. Sure, we might sweat more but that’s about it!
Here’s to a bountiful week!