After the attacks of September 11, we saw people of every caliber all across our communities join the ranks of the military and first responders in response to a tragedy that affected us all. Now, as our country is fighting the terrible effects of a global pandemic, we're hearing about a similar surge of applications toward another inspired vocation: an 18% increase in medical school applications over previous years.
One might think that the hardships physicians and healthcare workers have been experiencing for the past 10 months as they fight day and night to protect us all from COVID-19 would cause those discerning medical careers to elect an easier path. But here at Physicians First Messages we're pleased to say: we're not surprised.
We know firsthand how rewarding that path is just by virtue of our serving these doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers for the past 30 years. We've worked with them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and seen them take on more calls, more shifts, more work, more cases, as they also endure heartbreaking losses, natural disasters, epidemics, and now this global pandemic.
Never once has one of them said to us "It's too much".
Never once has one of them said "I can't."
Never once has one of them said "I quit."
Repeatedly, consistently, they have all said to their patients, and to each other, "I'm here."
And the healthcare workers of today are why we say, "How can we help?"
Here's to those who inspire the future generations.
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