I do not have the temperance for research. I like to be able to see my results immediately. I like to work with my hands and be able to see what I am working on. I like to interact with people, and I like to talk to people. I like to solve problems, and get answers.

– Med Essay, U of M

From my diverse opportunities, I have experienced medicine in many different contexts. I have ridden busses through the countryside of the developing world, worked in the clinics as a medical aide where I acquired new insight into ways to alleviate suffering, and lived with a family to immerse myself in the culture and dynamics of families mired in poverty. I learned a lot from these experiences, but most of all I have learned that my love for medical science and healing those in need is deep, passionate, and enduring.

– Med Essay, Ross

I love when people need and want me to do things for them. I thrive on being needed by people. When people are in their greatest time of need, all they want is a doctor to be there to help them.

– Wayne 2003, application essay

I would love nothing more than to travel to different countries helping wherever I was needed.

– Wayne 2003, application essay

I thought a long time about being a paramedic or joining a mountain rescue team. After long deliberation, I thought that I would not be happy with those jobs because it is not the full potential to which I could rise. School is not a problem for me, and I love to learn. No other profession learns more about the inner workings of the human body. I felt that if I became a paramedic and did not learn everything I could about the human body I would always regret it; so I decided that I would gladly go through eight years of school in order to learn all that I wanted to learn. Medicine is the only profession that fits my personality, and it is just an added bonus that I get to save people’s lives.

– Wayne 2003, application essay

The values that Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) promote and implement on a daily basis perfectly exemplifies the reasons that I went into medicine. The medical field has a social responsibility to work for the marginalized and the forgotten in society, and MSF continues to attain this through a willingness to take medicine where it is needed most; the war-torn countries, the natural disaster areas, and any crisis situation ignored by political states.

The impartiality and independence that MSF exudes in all of their humanitarian actions shows the world that health care is not a political tool; it is a human right. Upon completion of my medical training, I aspire to work in the field with MSF, and working as the program intern will offer intimate knowledge of the inner workings of the organization. Promoting advocacy of humanitarian crises as well as working with the Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines will improve the ease and efficiency of working in the field one day.

– Doctors Without Borders cover letter, April 2008

I’m still just Karl…

Me llamo Carlos. I call myself Carlos. I can’t say it much better. I introduce myself as Karl. It creates a little confusion at first, and some people are even down right uncomfortable with how I present myself, but in the end they understand what they need to and I think it sends an important message. I am a doctor…and yet, I’m still just Karl. I don’t need people to call me Dr. Stockhausen in order to remind myself how much I have learned and sacrificed to get where I am. I know.

In the States it’s more of a formality. The patient wants to know that they are paying good money to be treated by a board-certified doctor. Where I work, it doesn’t matter as much though. With a hard life day in and day out, people just need help. If you are a doctor, nurse, health promoter, or paramedic, and have the ability to help, they don’t need the title. When I talk to patients I am able to put them at ease without reassuring them that I am in fact a certified doctor.

– Dec 2006

I want to change health care internationally. I want to make a difference where a difference needs to be made.

– Letter to Sue and Will, 2005