In a recent inter­view, physi­cian and noted social activist Dr. Paul Farmer gave this advice to grad­u­ating med­ical pro­fes­sionals: their real impact will come when they work in teams. As the co-​​founder of Part­ners in Health and a cham­pion of improving health in under­served com­mu­ni­ties, Farmer’s work is built on building part­ner­ships and applying suc­cesses and lessons learned to new frameworks.

Farmer’s big idea mes­sage is alluring in its sim­plicity, which is what makes it such an impor­tant one. After all, col­lab­o­ra­tion, par­tic­u­larly in terms of community-​​based health care and in man­aging chronic dis­eases across spe­cial­ties, is some­thing we struggle with in this country. By 2025, an esti­mated 164 mil­lion Amer­i­cans are expected to live with at least one chronic con­di­tion, so coor­di­nated care that uti­lizes appro­priate tech­nology and min­i­mizes com­pli­ca­tions and dis­ease pro­gres­sion is critical.

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