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Paul Farmer, MD, PhD

Kolokotrones University Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, HMS
Co-founder and Chief Strategist of Partners In Health
Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity, BWH

The Center for Global Health provides a forum for a multidisciplinary community of global health practitioners to come together to share advances and best practices in global health. MGH Global Health Grand Rounds focuses on innovations in medical care, education, and scientific discovery that are seeking to improve the health of the most vulnerable in our global community.

Target Audience: This activity is intended for Faculty and Staff members of the Global Health and Pediatric Community.


  • To trace the broad lineaments of the epidemic in Upper West Africa and to explore the lived experience of West Africans stricken with Ebola;
  • To introduce the concepts of clinical nihilism and containment nihilism;
  • To apply lessons learned in responding to Ebola (and other communicable pathogens) to the current COVID-19 pandemic;
  • To underline the need to strengthen health systems able to address both prevention and care.

Global Health Course Directors: Louise Ivers, MD, MPH, DTM&H; Geren Stone, MD, DTM&H


Partners HealthCare System is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Partners HealthCare System designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TMPhysicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This program also meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in nursing at 244CMR for 1.2 contact hours.