Volunteering in Lawrence
As always, I love to work with H4H, as us cool and lazy people like to refer to it, because I feel like at the end of the day, I am contributing something functional that will be used for years to come. I think that feels substantial, if not selfish on my part. Of course, this is not the only means of rewarding volunteerism that I have found.
I was supervised in the morning by a three-times-per-week volunteer who used to be a family practice physician. We spoke a little about the field.
Rural general practitioners are, as I assume they always have been, required to be literal jack of all trades. While I was in a city no larger than 3000 residents in Wyoming, I was told that the same physician delivered a man's son, collected cultured and treated a drug-resistant bacterial infection, and served as the orthopedic specialist for his and his son's sports injuries. In Los Angeles for the bacterial infection alone, I would have visited an Urgent Care or my GP for the initial tests, been referred to a center for bacterial analysis, which then would have sent me to the ER for IV antibiotics following results, which I would visit repeatedly and then be discharged with the orders to follow up with a specialist periodically.