Brigham & Women’s Hospital Resident Returns from Month of Rounds with PIVOT
Peter Olds, MD completed his BA in Biology at Carleton College in 2008 and his MD at Harvard Medical School in 2014. His interest in global health initially developed from two research projects in Madagascar he undertook while an undergraduate at Carleton College. These projects focused on how the Malagasy healthcare system was structured and how it delivered care to the Malagasy people. The fragmented system he encountered and the profound difficulties faced by both healthcare providers and patients have motivated his desire to pursue a career in global health.
This February, PIVOT was fortunate to have the opportunity to host Olds in Ranomafana for a rotation of his residency. Of his month-long experience on the ground in Madagascar, Olds says, “Working at the hospitals and clinics in Ranomafana was an incredible clinical and personal experience. It was a pleasure working alongside, and learning from, the excellent physicians, nurses, and staff at PIVOT. Everyone was very welcoming and they are all doing such great and important work. The impact of PIVOT and its projects on the patients and the community is evident as soon as you arrive.”
At Harvard Medical School and now at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Olds’s research has focused on HIV antiretroviral adherence in rural Uganda, and how novel technologies can help with measuring and improving medication adherence. In residency and beyond, Peter hopes to work on interventions that are aimed at improving how care is delivered, especially in resource-limited settings.
We are excited to have had the opportunity to host Olds as a part of his residency training, and look forward to more opportunities for collaboration with similarly dedicated global health professionals in the future.