On June 1st, 2012, I gave the Keynote address at the 2012 NC AHEC Future Leaders in Healthcare Conference to an audience of outstanding high school students in North Carolina. The event took place at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Although my talk focused on health disparities, it actually was a talk to motivative students to not only find their interest in public health or medicine but also to stay committed to their choice of career speciality.
Whenever I deliver a talk like this one, I get extra motivated because I can see and feel that students really want someone to believe in them. High school students are engaging, enthusiastic and ready to conquer the world. They are my type of audience because high school students really tell it like it is. That's what I really enjoy.
After my talk, I had several excellent questions from the audience. We discussed the current health care topics of the day particularly the possibility of universal health care in the United States. Students wanted to know my opinion about this very significant issue and I didn't hold back to share my opinion.