After his first international medicine experience in China in 1981, Paul G. Quie, M.D., couldn’t turn back. Quie, a pediatrician and infectious disease expert who has been on the Medical School faculty since 1958, was struck by the glaring health-care disparities between these countries and the United States.
“That and hearing the 90-10 rule,” which, Quie explains, estimates that 90 percent of the world’s wealth spent on health care belongs to 10 percent of its population.
Since then, Quie has felt a social responsibility to help address these issues and provide medical students with similar eye-opening medical experiences abroad. He has personally visited 25 of the 26 sites affiliated with the Medical School’s International Medical Education and Research (IMER) program throughout the world.
“Dr. Quie has been a revered teacher of many of the alumni of the Medical School,” says IMER director Phillip K. Peterson, M.D., who with Medical School alumnus James Gaviser, M.D., led the charge to name IMER’s Quie/Farbstein Health Care in Israel Program in his honor.
Quie, an emeritus-but-not-retired professor who celebrated his 85th birthday in February, says that working with students through IMER doesn’t feel like work.
“Medical students are as keen and optimistic as they were when I started medical school in the ’40s, if not more,” Quie says. “Being with that age group is phenomenal.”