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TED Talk: The Great Lie that Tells the Truth

Dr. Abraham Verghese is a physician, author, and mesmerizing speaker.  In “The Great Lie that Tells the Truth,” Dr. Verghese is a consummate storyteller who weaves personal narrative in with the stories of a dying physician, characters in a James Joyce story, and the AIDS patients he treated.  Historical references seamlessly blend with medical terms, the tender tale of lovers with the passion to heal.

Dr. Karen de Olivares

About the author: Dr. Karen de Olivares began advising prehealth students in 1995 at Southern Methodist University. In 2012, she moved to UT Dallas as the Director of the Health Professions Advising Center. Since retiring in 2020, Dr. de Olivares has served as a volunteer advisor for the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions and an affiliate faculty member for the Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology. She earned a Ph.D. in Education, Foundations and Policy Analysis, at the University of Michigan. Prior to advising prehealth students, Dr. de Olivares worked for the Job Corps program and as a substitute teacher. She learned to work with horses and has enjoyed sharing her life with dogs, cats, birds and the occasional stray turtle.

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