Monday, August 29, 2016

August 2016

"A Society Grows Great 
When Old Men Plant Trees
Whose Shade They Know 
They Shall Never Sit In"
Greek Proverb

The closing of August 2016 signifies the starting of a new chapter and continuation of others, in my blossoming medical career. 

As of today, we are 2 block exams and 7 weeks into our Masters in Pharmacology curriculum. The curriculum has been challenging, but very feasible. Dr. Clarkson, along with our other professors, have provided ample resources that are as essential as they are easily accessible. The enthusiastic deliverance of the didactic lectures, the thoughtful consideration of the lecture schedule and the abundant resources available on the “PharmWiki” and from the professors provide the right amount of motivation and ease of use needed to handle the work load. I most enjoy the foundational approach used in presenting the information, which emphasizes conceptual understanding accompanied by a clinical/practical context, and using this to lead into more complex material.

This may be a new beginning in some ways, but in others it is just an extension along the same journey in medicine that began 6 years ago. New Orleans and its natives have welcomed me with open arms, and in so many ways it feels like home. My time here at Tulane has been nothing but a pleasurable experience. Every day I walk down the hallways to the Matas library and I feel like I am walking in the footsteps of giants. It is inspiring and motivating to be involved in a school with such a rich history in medicine and is such staple in its community. From the first day here, it has been overwhelmingly evident of the altruistic intentions of all of my colleagues. I cannot help but marvel and be appreciative of the contribution of everyone to the nurturing of such a healthy, collaborative environment. It is such a blessing to be surrounded by characteristically unique, but like minded, academically oriented and altruistically intentioned colleagues. I have always believed that contribution, even in the smallest amount, can make a difference. Here at Tulane, I feel like this idea has been reciprocated ten-fold. Engrained into our curriculum, and this institution, is community service and I look forward to continuing to provide support to my community representing Tulane. In Baton Rouge, I was fortunate enough to be involved with a group of disabled athletes who’s drive to compete and better themselves inspired me to continue doing service work within the disabled community. Currently I am working to get a Powerlifting program started in New Orleans, similar to our program in Baton Rouge, that would provide disabled athletes a way to rehab and compete. I had hoped to start the program a bit sooner, but “life happens” and we have had to do a lot of recovery work in my hometown to mitigate damage from the historical flooding that occurs just 2 weeks ago. In the coming weeks to months, once more of the flood related damage has been mitigated and my friends and family are no longer needing my weekends for demolition and repair work, I hope to get the program off the ground.

The days remain busy and the weeks are always productive, so I know my next update on this medical journey will come sooner then I expect.

The "Cajun Crushers" Powerlifter's in Baton Rouge. A great team of guys who are collaborating with me to help get a New Orleans based disabled powerlifting team started. Great things to come!

Only positive things can happen when a community comes together.
My Dad sent me this picture as they launched Jet Ski's into the road behind our house in Baton Rouge to go rescue people as the flood water began to rise.

Baton Rouge Post-Flood Recovery Work

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