This publication asked medical students across all years to answer the following question:
What is the most neglected issue in the U.S. or world, and what will you do as a physician to address this?
The 16 responses compiled here are engaging. The problems outlined run the gamut from healthcare-related to roads, water, and food. Some proposed solutions focus on broad systemic changes while others describe specific interventions. All of the essays show us that medical students are both pragmatists and optimists. They also illustrate the importance of thinking about why we do what we do and what we hope to accomplish.