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Making the Rounds with Founding Dean Dr. Barbara Atkinson
 Issue 194 - May 14, 2019
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Our second year medical students have reached a big milestone, moving out of the classroom and into the hospitals and clinics for 15 weeks of Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships (LIC). By shadowing physicians, they’re learning firsthand about the daily challenges, as well as the rewards, of treating patients and helping them heal. Ask any physician, and they will tell you about the first time they felt the true satisfaction of putting academic knowledge to use in a clinical setting. Or the profound sadness you feel when you lose a patient that you’ve become close to. In this week’s newsletter, we asked students and faculty to tell us about their most memorable experiences. Some of the stories are humorous, others are quite serious, but together, they form a good representation of the extraordinary profession we have chosen to passionately perform.
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Lauren Hollifield
Engelstad Scholar
"I had the opportunity to assist in an amputation on my third day of rotations and I also helped deliver a baby yesterday! It’s been an interesting, engaging and rewarding experience!"
Ashley Prandecki (Newell)
Engelstad Scholar
"LIC has given me insight into things the books don’t teach you. I saw a chief resident fight for a patient who couldn’t speak for herself, witnessed a passionate intern teaching us about fetal heart tracings after an exhausting overnight shift, and saw attending physicians sacrifice their time to train and educate residents and students." 
Toyokazu (Chris) Endo
WellHealth & Volker Foundation
"Last week I had the opportunity to scrub in on a craniotomy for craniosynostosis. My residents and attendings took the extra time to explain each step and help orient us to the complex structures within the human skull." 
Sierra Kreamer-Hope
Engelstad Scholar
"I got to first assist in a cesarean section delivery, and also assisted in a vaginal delivery. I assisted with a bilateral mastectomy - 7 hour surgery! I also helped with dressing changes of full body Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (basically a full body "burn" with skin peeling off due to a medication reaction)."
Damien Medrano
Engelstad Scholar
"During LIC, the best moments have been in the operating room. It is such an incredible experience to speak with a patient about a disease that has greatly impacted their life, and then see a surgical team work together to improve the patient's quality of life."
William Fang
Dana and Gregory Lee Scholarship
"Actually participating as part of the medical team is exciting. Don't get me wrong, it's challenging work. However, being in the room with a patient and actually seeing your actions change a life; now that is something to be grateful for." 
Neil Haycocks, Assistant Dean of Biomedical Science Integration
"I recall several of my earliest hospital experiences. I helped deliver a baby…for a patient who did not know she was pregnant. I observed the use of Electroconvulsive therapy on a deeply psychotic patient. I remember the very next day, the patient was sitting up in bed conversing normally. I also interacted with a patient who had Capgras syndrome. Those who experience Capgras have an irrational belief that people they know have been replaced by imposters. This woman believed her family members and neighbors had been kidnapped and replaced with actors attempting to deceive her. My earliest experiences were both fascinating and unforgettable."
Johan Bester, Assistant Professor, Director of Bioethics
"On my first day as an intern, I was walking the hallway of the hospital and noticed a patient in one of the rooms that appeared to be in distress. It was the first time I had ever seen the patient and had no background on her whatsoever. It turned out she was coding. The hospital was virtually empty as most of the physicians were away for the holidays, so I immediately attempted to resuscitate, but was unable to save her. Later, as I carefully informed the family, they were very upset, wailing, falling on the ground and so forth. Just when they had calmed down, there was a knock on the door. The orderly explained that the rest of the family had arrived, so I would have to repeat the process all over again." 
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