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Medicine in the streets: A team-based approach to caring for Boston’s Rough Sleepers

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About the event

The Robert F. E. Stier Memorial Lecture in Medicine, presented this year by Dr. Jim O’Connell, president and founder of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program.

Dr. O’Connell will share the story of how he transitioned from the role of Chief Internal Medicine resident at Mass General Hospital to the country’s first street doctor for those experiencing homelessness. Recounting his 35 years of serving Boston’s most vulnerable population, Dr. O’Connell will illuminate the history of homelessness and the undue burden of co-occurring medical, psychiatric, and substance use disorders among chronically homeless persons. Most importantly, Dr. O’Connell will reflect on the many lessons he’s learned while caring for his patients.