A Message from Dr. Kaminsky

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David B. Kaminsky, M.D., FIACThe infrastructure of giving is empathy, the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Empathy is intuitive and instinctive, sometimes obscured by alternative priorities. It can be exposed and revived, cultivated and invigorated, and perhaps it can be taught. Empathy is the human trait essential to consciousness about global health, and it is integral to the impulse to give.

When an individual with means vicariously experiences the deprivation of others, pathways are triggered that open hearts and pockets, like emotional catalysts. USCAP is acutely aware that there are differences (in resources) which compete with the unity of pathology as a driving, pivotal discipline for achieving global health. A pathologist in Boston has different resources from a colleague in Ghana. How can practices be equivalent without the educational assets needed for practice change, and how can current knowledge in anatomic and molecular/genomic pathology be extended to areas where they don’t exist, but where there are compelling human needs? Philanthropy is the reconciling force. Financial gifts create educational opportunities to effect practice change as the key to raising standards, satisfying needs. This is a slow process, a passage with obstacles, but conscious generosity can save a life, gift by gift.

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