Jim's Open Road

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  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Montreal Team

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Boston, MA

  • AIRED ON:

    Other: Montreal Team

JIM YONG KIM

Physician
Partners in Health

“Following your dreams is one thing, but you're going to be much better at following your dreams if you have some skill.”

INTERESTS:

Medicine

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Culture Family Focus Passion Pressure Transitions

TAGS:

college, immigrant, parents, paying your dues, philosophy, safety, skill, training

BIOGRAPHY:

Jim Yong Kim grew up the son of Korean immigrants in Iowa. Campaigning for George McGovern in the 1968 Presidential race, he was drawn to social activism, but ended up studying medicine. Luckily, Harvard Medical School offered a dual-degree program in Anthropology and Medicine, and Jim was able to work on social activism and medicine at the same time. He has since gone on to co-found Partners In Health, a nonprofit health organization that targets the poorest regions of the world and is Professor of Medicine and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

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