Before Dr. Sandler invited me to participate in this trip to the National Center for Maternal and Child Health in Mongolia, I knew little to nothing about Mongolia, its people and culture and most importantly Jonathan Soud. Shortly thereafter, I easily found lots of information about this great country, its rich history and amazing people. Much easier than an internet search on Mongolia was learning about Jonathan and the perpetual mark he left on this world. Although I have not had the pleasure of meeting him, Jonathan’s story lives in the hearts of not only his family and those who cared for him but in those, like me, who never had the opportunity to meet him.
William Oslo once said “The practice of medicine is an art, not a trade; a calling, not a business; a calling in which your heart will be exercised equally with your head.” I am reminded every day in the ever evolving field of pathology that medicine truly is an art that we spend our lifetime practicing. We, neither as an individual nor as a group, will never have all the answers or know the entire story. But I am humbled to have this opportunity to share the latest diagnostic tools, molecular advancements and general pathology knowledge with my colleagues in Mongolia. I am excited to meet new friends halfway across the globe, develop everlasting relationships and keep alive the mission of Jonathan.