During their training, many medical students elect to spend time abroad to fulfill research or clinical program requirements. This is an account of one medical student’s experiences during a research rotation in urban Zambia. Specifically, it details a personally meaningful interaction with a particular research subject. As a result of this interaction, the student reaches conclusions about the practice of medicine in limited-resource regions of the world and the type of assistance that an untrained provider can deliver in these settings. Furthermore, the student comes to a greater understanding of what it means to be a physician. In the end, the student is propelled down a path towards self-improvement and a humanistic sense of duty.
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