“The more I get asked that question about why you wanted to be a doctor, I think I’ve come up with a correct answer and I think the answer is M*A*S*H*. I watched a lot of M*A*S*H* when I was a kid.”
“At some point in your career you have to recognize that your position of privilege in the society that you live in is predicated on the fact that you take care of the sick ones. That responsibility, in my opinion, doesn’t end at imaginary lines and I think that it extends to other parts of the world,” said Maskalyk when asked if a doctor has the obligation to lend his trade to those less fortunate, not just those who walk through hospital doors.
Maskalyk recalls taking to a mentor, early in his career, after he returned from a difficult time in Cambodia.
“I was tired, confused, you know, full of questions. I asked him, ‘Why should I be doing this in the first place?’ He said, ‘Because it’s your bloody duty, that’s why.’ And I thought, ‘he’s right’.”
“You have to imagine your fellow Canadians would find it egregious that people are suffering from treatable diseases in other parts of the world. I think that it’s something that should be part of one’s career if possible.more