I was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and spent my childhood in the neighborhood of Turgeau and Debussy. I went to school at Saint-Louis de Gonzague and completed my medical studies at the Faculté de Médecine et de Pharmacie de l'Université d'Etat d'Haiti. Although I had a very good life in Haiti, coping with the ever-present political unrest and riots took a toll on me. As a result, I, like many young Haitian professionals, left my country to seek stability elsewhere. I have been living in the United States, first as a permanent resident and now as a U.S. citizen, for the past 5 years. During this time I completed 1 year of general surgery training; I am now a second-year internal medicine resident. It was my surgical experience that was most useful several weeks ago, when I returned to Haiti to help in the aftermath of the earthquake that occurred on 12 January 2010.