NCMCH ’19 Comes to an End

Days 4 & 5, 2019

The week has come and gone in what seems like in a flash.  One might say our work is done, but that’s far from true. 

One of my dad’s favorite quotes was from Reinhold Niebuhr:  

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, 
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.”

That very much applies here. We have to accept that there may be things that cannot change given the limited resources the physicians face. They do the best they can with what they have.  

But there are things we can work towards improving… Trying to make sure the appropriate meds are made available to the kids that need them, making sure important laboratory tests are obtainable, and much more. 

I saw many interesting patients and families, and hope I have made an impact for the short time I was here, not only on the patients and their families, but the staff and residents as well. I am indebted to Dr Sandler for inviting me, and thank all the wonderful staff at the hospital for the opportunity to be here and make me feel so welcomed and appreciated. I am especially grateful to Turshee, my wonderful student who spent the week at my side translating my every word. 

I hope to return next year and continue what I started in endocrinology at NCMCH.


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  1. Terry Humphrey

     /  August 2, 2019

    Dr. Larry:

    Thank you for your service and sharing your experience. As a 20 year patient with Graves (remission 10 years with no hormone replacement therapy) it is easy to take for granted the awesome medical care here in the US to include the 3 month endo visits with labs. However, the people of Mongolia must work with the limited resources and await the US team’s next visit for what seems to be reviews of current practices and possible change. I have always enjoyed reading the team’s post and can’t wait until your next visit. God Speed to the each of you

  2. Kelly Komatz

     /  August 3, 2019

    I am glad you were able to travel with Eric. What a wonderful experience for all. Safe journey home to Florida


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