donkey-plough-6449-350Why focus on the underserved of the world or the poorest people? I think this was natural for me, given my upbringing and my veterinary training. It didn’t feel unusual or abnormal for me to be in a rural setting. As a large animal veterinarian, I was used to addressing medical care in an outdoor environment rather than a pristine clinical environment. I also was trained to do surgery in extremely clean operating rooms, and was pretty good at surgery and understanding infection. But the ability to work well in remote rural areas where sterile operating rooms aren’t available, that’s been helpful for research and patient care training. (read more…)