Dr. Paul Farmer has spent decades providing medical care and expanding health access to the world’s poor, shattering the myth that it’s untenable to treat the sick in settings of privation. Treating underserved populations is not a pipe dream, Farmer said, when you have “the staff, stuff, space and systems” to make it a reality.
There is a canard in health care about a 17-year gap between science and service, and between research and clinical practice. Jeff Olivet, CEO of the Center for Social Innovation (C4) in Needham, Mass., is determined to narrow that gap through the creative and compassionate application of new learning and teaching methods.
If you think you’re too old to experience the Peace Corps, think again. During a recent visit to NIH, agency director Carrie Hessler-Radelet described opportunities for people of all ages, noting that the oldest current volunteer is 87.
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Photomicrographs of the drug AZT at magnifications of 30x and 50x