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Making the Rounds with Founding Dean Dr. Barbara Atkinson
 Issue 166 - October 9, 2018
Nearly 300 young physicians currently pursue their specialties in graduate medical education through residencies and fellowships at the UNLV School of Medicine. It’s no secret that the work of residents and fellows is demanding, with long hours of training par for the course. And yet, as our young doctors will tell you, it is also highly rewarding. That was never more true than on the evening of Oct. 1, 2017, when many of them played vital roles in caring for patients brought to University Medical Center after the mass shooting on the Strip that left 58 people dead and 858 wounded. In today’s newsletter, one of our surgical critical care fellows, Dr. Timothy Dickhudt, recalls that night and UMC Chief Administrative Officer Dr. Marcia Turner and Dr. Kate Martin, the UNLV School of Medicine Interim Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education, discuss how the UMC Foundation is showing its appreciation for the contributions of residents and fellows
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UMC FOUNDATION: HONORING THE OCTOBER 1, 2017 WORK OF RESIDENTS AND FELLOWS
Dr. Kate Martin, UNLV School of Medicine Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education (l), received artwork and a $10,000 check from UMC Chief Administrative Officer Dr. Marcia Turner (r) during a Residents & Fellows Wellness & Appreciation Day. The money will go toward a lounge for residents and fellows.
It has been a little more than a year since Dr. Timothy Dickhudt, a UNLV School of Medicine Fellow, worked to save lives at University Medical Center in the wake of the Oct. 1, 2017 mass shooting on the Strip.

Now the surgical critical care fellow stays in touch with one of the men whose life he saved, 36-year-old Las Vegan Phil Aurich, who was shot in the back as he and his girlfriend ran from the killing field outside Mandalay Bay, the site of the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival. Fifty-eight people were killed and 858 wounded by Stephen Paddock before he took his own life. His motive remains unknown.

Dr. Dickhudt has been invited to Aurich’s upcoming 2019 summer wedding.

“He’s doing really well,” the physician says of Aurich, a mortgage company executive. “I expect a full recovery. We talk about once a month.”

How the surgeon’s connection with Aurich became closer than a doctor-patient relationship was reported in the Las Vegas Review-Journal and then went nationwide via wire services. After the surgery in which Dr. Dickhudt repaired Aurich’s diaphragm and colon and removed his spleen, he learned in talking with the Aurich family that he had grown up just five blocks from where the Aurichs lived in St. Paul, Minnesota. Though he didn’t go to the same school as Phil Aurich, Dr. Dickhudt found out Aurich’s mother had gone to grade school with his father, John Dickhudt, who is also a doctor. And Dr. Dickhudt’s cousins were taught in high school by Michael Aurich, Phil Aurich’s father.

“It was pretty emotional that night seeing all that pain and grief,” says Dr. Dickhudt, who performed two major operations on wounded concertgoers and took care of more than a dozen patents after the massacre. “But I also found out what a small world it is.”

Today, Dr. Dickhudt and other fellows and residents who worked at UMC in the aftermath of the shootings UMC is the main training hospital for the UNLV School of Medicine are grateful to UMC Administration and Foundation Board members for the way they showed appreciation for their work. On Oct. 1, 2018, during a Residents & Fellows Wellness & Appreciation Day held at the UNLV School of Medicine. UMC Chief Administrative Officer Dr. Marcia Turner presented a $10,000 check from the foundation along with artwork to Dr. Kate Martin, Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education. The money will be used for resident and fellow wellness efforts, in connection with the buildout of a lounge just for residents and fellows.
Timothy Dickhudt, M.D.
“He’s doing really well,” Dr. Dickhudt says of Phil Aurich, a mortgage company executive who was shot on October 1, 2017. “I expect a full recovery. We talk about once a month.”
The planning for this lounge, which will be located in an office building next to UMC at 2040 W. Charleston, will be a joint effort of UMC and the UNLV School of Medicine. “The hospital administration thought this donation would be a good way to honor the excellence of residents and fellows so we reached out to the UMC Foundation,” Turner says. “The foundation board members agreed that the UNLV Office of Graduate Medical Education and its residents and fellows play an important part of UMC’s medical contribution to the community. The foundation also understood that Oct. 1 had a profound effect on the residents and fellows and this was a way of acknowledging what they did.”

Dr. Martin says she hopes further funding can be found so that the lounge can ultimately be used for relaxation, studying, discussion groups and fitness. “That’s what our residents and fellows say would help them the most.”

“It will be greatly appreciated,” Dr. Dickhudt says.

The donated artwork of a heart is the work of the late artist Mary Lou Holmberg, Turner’s mother.

“My mother said she always wanted her work donated to a good cause and this is definitely one of them,” Turner says. “Residents and fellows are very important to UMC. What they did on Oct. 1 was way beyond what anybody has seen and they handled it very professionally and compassionately.”
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