When I applied to medical school, I was determined to change the way medicine reaches the community. That determination hasn't changed, but the sheer volume of information we digest could be a bit of a distraction at the beginning of the year. Now, however, I am a bit more accustomed to the routine, and can try to focus more on that original goal. I remember a poem given to us in my immunology class in college. My professor, a very dynamic and brilliant man named Hidde Ploegh, gave us a few lines by C.F. Cavafy's "Che fece...il gran rifiuto"
- For some people the day comes
- when they have to declare the great Yes
- or the great No. It's clear at once who has the Yes
- ready within him; and saying it,
- he goes from honor to honor, strong in his conviction.
- He who refuses does not repent. Asked again,
- he'd still say no. Yet that no-the right no-
- drags him down all his life.