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

FOUNDATION:

Helping People

TAGS:

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

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Told his father that he wanted to study philosophy at college.
  • His father replied, “you can do anything you want...after you finish your medical residency.”
  • Echoes his parents’ advice: “Find a skill that no one can take away from you.”
  • Found a medical degree that would allow him to study anthropology, considered that a good compromise.
  • Didn’t take the route he’d necessarily visualized, but ended up working in the field of political justice, which is what he always dreamed of.
  • Partners in Health provides modern healthcare to those who need it most, which has always been Kim’s life dream.
  • Says it took him trying a lot of different things—volleyball, anthropology, pharmacology—to find the one thing he was passionate about.
  • Thinks everyone has a window of time where they can “really go after their dreams”; stresses that you have to be sure not to miss that opportunity.

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