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Alumni Video: Giving Back Locally and Globally

Featuring Richard N. Hirsh (Miami 1965), MD

Practicing Diagnostic Radiologist


Text Transcript

(In this video Dr. Hirsh talks about why volunteerism is important and how rewarding 'giving back' is. Dr. Hirsh is the founder of Radiology Mammography International external link icon(RMI), a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the mammography and breast cancer education needs of developing regions throughout the world.)

"People ask me for advice, especially when I've had an opportunity to speak to pre-med students on an individual basis and also in larger groups, and I like to throw that back to them, with regard to what they feel should be their commitment as a human being and, as human beings, towards society in general. My reference would be to giving back to humanity, to making this world a better place.

"My advice is to 'go for it' with every opportunity that the individual has. A little bit of past history is that, when I was in college, at Miami, and even when I went on to medical school, there were very few volunteer opportunities with international organizations providing medical care, organizations such as Doctors Without Borders — and there are literally hundreds of these foundations and organizations, which really do look for volunteer physicians and nurses and other types of medical caregivers to participate on a volunteer basis.

"I believe that we, as individuals, and those of us particularly who have been blessed (and we can talk about that in greater detail) but being blessed means that you have been given the opportunities, and those of us who have been given these opportunities should feel an obligation to give back to society, whether that's giving back locally or regionally or globally. The end result of giving back and volunteerism, from my own personal experience, is that the real recipient of a gift is not the one who receives the gift, but it's the one who gives the gift. So, by giving the gift, by volunteering, for whatever type of project, whether it's medical or non-medical, we truly get back much more than we give."

[April 2011]


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