For more than two years the IAPAC Monthly has featured members of the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (IAPAC) who are asked to bare their souls by answering a series of questions similar in nature to those asked in the famous Proust Questionnaire.
This month, IAPAC Monthly is proud to feature Eyesusawit Shewangizaw, who is an internist at the Armed Forces Teaching General Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
What proverb, colloquial expression, or quote best describes how you view the world and yourself in it?
Dale Carnegie's saying, "I cried because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet."
What activities, avocations, or hobbies interest you?
I like to read easy fiction when I want to escape from this world and its responsibilities. I also like to sing biblical songs.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I would still like to live in Ethiopia because I feel this is where I am most needed. My second choice would be to live in the Holy Land.
Who are your mentors or real life heroes?
With what historical figure do you most identify?
Who are your favorite authors, painters, and/or composers?
My favorite author is Abraham Verghese, a physician who currently lives in Texas. I recently read one of his books, and it surpasses anything that I have read up to now. I like classical music, but I am not much into paintings.
If you could have chosen to live during any time period in human history, which would it be?
If you did not have the option of becoming a physician, what would you have likely become, given the opportunity?
I do not know, maybe I would have become a missionary or a nun.
In your opinion, what are the greatest achievements and failures of humanity?
The greatest achievement of humanity was creating computer technology, which has changed a lot of things in this world. The greatest failures are our inability to stop fighting each other, the big inequity between nations, and the failure to find cures for most diseases.
What is your prediction as to the future of our planet one full decade from present day?
A planet where people will learn from past mistakes, return to old values, and start caring for one another.
Back to the July 2004 issue of IAPAC Monthly.