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TEDxFIU in Review: Dr. Pedro “Joe” Greer


As a young physician in Miami, Dr. Pedro “Joe” Greer’s experience with the city’s homeless population inspired him to found Camillus Health Concern and Saint John Bosco Clinic.

Now an assistant dean in FIU’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Greer challenged the TEDxFIU audience to think beyond the business of medicine to truly improve lives in their communities.

The United States is one of the top spenders on health care among industrialized nations, yet has some of the worst health outcomes. Greer explained that many of the factors leading to poor health in America are not scientific, but social – things like poverty, violence, racism and food deserts.

The solution, Greer argued, begins in the medical school classroom, where aspiring physicians should be trained in social accountability alongside human anatomy. Medical schools should be accountable to society, not industry.

Watch his full TEDxFIU talk below:

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