So it’s been a while since I posted. I passed comps in June, which I thought would lead to a stress free summer but instead I spent the summer coding my heart out trying to get my work projects completed before my trip to Africa, where I’m writing this post. Currently I am in Cape Town attending the OpenMRS developers and implementers meeting. I am developing a new love for this community of developers who are working together to bring an open-source medical records platform to developing countries. The dedication and passion of people involved in both the development and implementation of OpenMRS has been inspiring.
A few weeks ago I attended the Global Health Idea Incubator workshop at Unite for Sight (UFS). I was really impressed by how a small project that started as one Yale graduate students idea grew into an NGO that has provided almost 40,000 eye surgeries in developing countries this year. I’m wondering what strategies learned by UFS can be applied to OpenMRS.
What I have learned, lately, is that it is not enough to be knowledge about my domain, but I have to know about the policies, social, and financial implications of my work for it to be truly effective and sustainable. My doctoral education has made clear that the “what I don’t know” far exceeds the “what I do know” in my own field and especially in the overlapping areas of sustainable development and ICT. What I’m learning is , that is the point of a PhD — generation of new knowledge. What I mean is demonstrated visually by Phd School in Pictures
Future posts will not be after 24 hours flying, 6 hours sleep, and not enough caffeine.