Dr. Carl Streed recently spoke to the American Medical Association (AMA) for its series "When I Knew Medicine Was My Calling."
Streed works for Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital as a fellow of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care, according to the AMA.
Streed told AMA Wire a moment that stands out that he knew medicine would be his profession. He volunteered at the Broadway Youth Center, which helped homeless children in Chicago fight sexually transmitted infections. He said that everything he learned, saw and did as a medical resident made it clear to him that he wanted to work in medicine.
Streed said that people he went to medical school with and those completed his residency with played a big role in helping him find his way past struggles. Streed said he and his fellow medical school students collaborated with an emergency department to implement tests for HIV, during which he learned that working together with others is crucial to giving patients better options and in helping people get healthy overall.