I’m glad you’ve found your way to my blog. This website is meant to serve as a collection of my adventures around the globe – for purposes of both medicine and pleasure. However, it is meant to be more than some cool pictures. It is a journal of my firsthand experiences with the people, places, and healthcare systems with which I have had the pleasure of interacting.
Global health is one of my primary academic interests. Why? Because the way we practice medicine in the United States isn’t necessarily the best. There are so many other ways out there to deliver healthcare, and it would be downright ignorant to think that we have it perfectly right. Rather than rest on our laurels, I want to see what else is out there. How do other countries deliver healthcare? What challenges do they face? How are they similar and how are they different from our system? What are they doing better than we are? What can we learn from others? What do we have to offer others? Mission medicine is great, but we need to go one step further and really try to understand the international medical landscape.
Herein lie my observations and interactions with healthcare around the globe. I’ve tried my best to explore the systems primarily. I’ve talked to laypersons, doctors, and public officials. I’ve gathered hard statistics as well as personal anecdotes. While I may not have all the answers, at least I can put the information out there to allow a side-by-side comparison of the healthcare landscape around the globe.
Naturally, part of traveling the world is having some adventures on the side. As they say, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Thus, I’ve included a tab with some of the fun things I’ve gotten to do in addition to my medical travels. Really this serves two purposes…. first, it is a means of sharing pictures and stories with friends and family back home, and secondly, I did so because grandma really wanted me to.