More Than Medicine | The Shenderov Brothers

[MUSIC] I’m really lucky to have
Eugene as an older brother. I think that he and I have
sort of been partners in crime throughout our time growing up. And he has really been
a role model for me. >> No, I don’t think so.
>> Yes, basically. >> Kevin is an outstanding
individual who’s probably too humble to say that he is one
the smartest people I know, and works very hard at
everything that he does. [MUSIC] >> My father is
a medical physicist, and my mother is a pharmacist. And, growing up, I think
that they were just really quite fantastic at
fostering curiosity. My dad might say something like,
do you have any idea how water gets to the top of that
really tall tree over there? And I would say, no. And so he would say, oh, this
is how it happens, and I would think that was incredible and
get really excited about it. I think that made me realize
that there’s just so much natural beauty and
curiosity in the world. And that’s really made me
curious ever since I was a kid. >> Johns Hopkins attracts the
best and brightest students and residents in the world, and the Schenderoffs
are an example of that. The Schenderoffs may be the only
brothers, certainly the only brothers I’m aware of, that have
won the Rhodes Scholarships. And in addition, they’ve been
through so much to get here. >> I was born in Ukraine. And we left when I was
around two and half, three, to come to the US. >> That was partly spurred on
by being Jewish refugees from the former Soviet Union,
Ukraine specifically, and partly by the fact that I
had acute lymphocytic leukemia, which we think was as
a result of Chernobyl. >> I know that the experience
of seeing my brother ill and spending so much time in
the hospital with my family is something that definitely
influenced my early childhood. And I think it’s always
made me very aware of how illness really can have
such an enormous burden, not only just on the individual
who is experiencing it but on the whole family. >> I think the added emphasis
on research here at Hopkins was attractive to the Schenderoffs. I think that they wanna
be great doctors, but they also wanna be great
doctors and scientists. >> I aspire to become
a physician scientist so that I can not only help the individual
patients that I work with, but also develop
better therapies and hopefully vaccines in the lab. So that I can have an impact
on public health and preventing the spread
of disease. >> Our genes to society
curriculum is unique. That’s the name of
the curriculum for the medical school. And the name says it all. It goes from genes to society. That means that it tries
to train people like the Schenderoffs,
who emphasize research, but also are humanitarians and understand the importance
of serving mankind. >> A group of
medical students and I started something called
Charm City Clinic which was, I would say, branching of
that desire to give back into the community with
the skills we had at hand. >> Working at Charm City Clinic
has been an incredible opportunity to realize the
amount of unmet need that there is, in Baltimore in particular. >> Hi Kevin, what’s going on? >> I think that especially given
my family’s background and how we had to come to the US
to seek medical care for my brother, I realize
how important it is for people to have the opportunity
to have access to healthcare. >> It’s a pleasure to meet you. >> What draws me to medicine is
the opportunity to help patients at their most vulnerable and be with them on their
journey back towards health. >> I promise to never
give up on my patients. >> I promise to reduce the
burden of preventable diseases on people’s lives. [MUSIC]


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