Patch Adams

If we're gonna fight a disease, let's fight one of the most terrible diseases of all-- indifference. Now, I've sat in your schools and heard people lecture on transference... and professional distance. Transference is inevitable, sir. Every human being has an impact on another. Why don't we want that in a patient/doctor relationship? That's why I've listened to your teachings, and I believe they're wrong! A doctor's mission should be not just to prevent death... but also to improve the quality of life. That's why you treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you win, no matter what the outcome. Sir, I want to be a doctor with all my heart. I wanted to become a doctor so I could serve others... and because of that I've lost everything... but I've also gained everything. I've shared the lives of patients and staff members at the hospital. I've laughed with them. I've cried with them. This is what I want to do with my life. And as God is my witness... no matter what your decision today, sir... I will still become the best damn doctor the world has ever seen. Now you have the ability to prevent me from graduating. You can keep me from getting the title and the white coat. But you can't control my spirit, gentlemen. You can't keep me from learning. You can't keep me from studying. So you have a choice-- you could have me as a professional colleague... passionate... or you can have me as an outspoken outsider, still adamant. Either way, I'll probably still be viewed as a thorn. But I promise you.

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:) I LOVE THIS!!!!
go matt. (good movie though, i think we can agree on that one hehe) glad you\'re feeling you\'re anger, and letting it out, and letting us in on a little bit of it too.
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Absolutely perfect!
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I echo Laura\'s words exactly. The anger is good. I\'m glad you\'re finally allowing yourself to feel it, and sharing it with us. You have all of us behind you 110%!!!
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You treated this person and many more! You\'ve won, Matt and you will continue to win! You will continue to because of who you are and the passion you have for helping others.
The anger is something very much warranted! The indifference is horrifically widespread! And it is a very sad thing to witness.
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Matt,

I am happy that you made it through all the BS and hope that you are going forward with your PhD and can start your own business after teaching others your wonderful counseling skills. I still am saddened that you had to go through that horrid unjustified injustice. Peace my brother :)
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Love this!! Your amazing......you treated me and probably didn\'t even realize it.....win on Matt win on!