—Drew Horlbeck, MD
Very often I talk with colleagues who say they are worried they have nothing to teach in developing nations. Despite the recent debate regarding the state of health care in the U.S., we still set the standard in quality of care and technological advancements. For this reason, each of us has an opportunity to teach. We have training and experience in the most modern techniques and advances in otolaryngology.
Regardless of the mission, it will require a sacrifice of time and money. There is always an element of self-funding required to make the mission happen. However, I quickly realized the tremendous impact these missions have on the lives of the poorest people in the world. The benefits provided to local colleagues and participants are unparalleled. Personally, for the first time I felt like a doctor rather than a full-time administrator and part-time otolaryngologist.