Working With Doctors Without Borders (Interview with Dr. Richard Heinzl, Founder of the Canadian Chapter of Doctors Without Borders)
🟦Welcome to SciSection! Joining us in today's interview is our special guest Dr. Richard Heinzl, the founder of the Canadian chapter of Médecins Sans Frontières, also known as Doctors Without Borders 🩺! We'll be learning about his career beginnings, how he got involved with Doctors Without Borders, and his experiences working overseas with the organization 🏥🌐. 🟨Journalist: Emily O'Halloran 🟦Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, like us on Facebook, and catch us live on the radio on CFMU 93.3 FM Wednesdays at 6 pm. For more info and SciSection content, check us out on our website! 🟨Curious about a topic? Want to hear us talk about it? Any feedback? Let us know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Richard Heinzl: If You Have the Will, There’s Always a Way
The Infection Prevention Strategy (TIPS)
At the age of 22, first-year medical student, Richard Heinzl, was looking for an adventure while selecting his elective at McMaster University. While hitchhiking in Uganda, a country in the throes of civil war, a jeep pulled up in front of the canteen where he was grabbing a bite to eat. The jeep had a flag emblazoned with the letters M-S-F, and out of it jumped a bunch of doctors, but not like any doctors Richard had ever seen before. They were young, rough-looking, wearing shorts and t-shirts. They were in Uganda on a mission with Médecins Sans Frontières. This encounter changed the course of Richard’s life. He had found his people. Richard went on to complete medical school and then he founded the first chapter of MSF in North America, also known as Doctors without Borders, but not without tremendous push-back and challenges. The founders of MSF in France were protective of their organization and they were firmly not interested in developing a North American presence. Dr. Heinzl persisted and ended up traveling the world with MSF, providing care in dangerous and seemingly hopeless situations where even the Red Cross dared not go. Today, Dr. Heinzl serves as the Global Medical Director of WorldCare, an organization that provides expert medical second opinions by a consortium of specialists. This new world of cutting-edge diagnoses may seem to be as far as one can get from his work with MSF, but there is more of a connection than you might think. Follow Dr. Richard Heinzl’s journey from an adventurous and curious medical student to the founding of MSF Canada, to now working with the most innovative and cutting-edge technologies. You will be inspired by the contribution he has made to humanitarian medicine and global health. Links and Notes: McMaster University Medical School (Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine): https://mdprogram.mcmaster.ca/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) International: msf.org MSF Canada: doctorswithoutborders.ca MSF USA: doctorswithoutborders.org WorldCare: https://www.worldcare.com/ Richard’s book is called Cambodia Calling: A Memoir from the Frontlines of Humanitarian Aid and can be found here Learn more about The Infection Prevention Strategy at IC.tips If you liked this podcast, please consider subscribing to the series and leaving a positive review