Volume X, Number 3 Spring 2007
By Justin Birge
hen considering the question of loan debt graduates will face the following payment schedules:
and its influence on specialty choice, for • 10-year, 120 payments of $1501.80. $49,715.71
most students the short answer is usually interest paid.
“no, with a but” and the long answer “yes, • 30-year, 361 payments of $850.76. $175,776.40
with an if.” Confusing as that may seem, the reality facing interest paid.
young professionals is very clear—we are piling up loan Though resident salaries vary little from place to place
and credit card debt throughout our education that may ($38-44K), the cost of living is extremely variable
make some specialties financial suicide if a change is not (www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0883960.html). Most
made. graduates defer loan payment while in residency, accruing
A lot is made of “loan debt,” but rarely do we get an further interest while waiting for their eventual salary to
objective glimpse of the changes and realities surrounding cover the monthly payment more comfortably. It is no
the cost of medical education. secret that a higher salary decreases
Historically, medical education has the impact of ballooning loan
not been a financial issue. In 2002 payments. It is also no secret that
dollars, the cost of tuition for the primary care is at the low end of the
class of 1982 was roughly $3,000 per pay scale and specialties such as
year, while their class of 2002 cardiology, radiology and orthopedic
colleagues paid over $20,000. surgery are at the high end. While
Similarly, the average debt load (in primary care practitioners are very
2002 dollars) for the class of 1982 much in demand, more and more
was $40,000, while the class of 2002 graduates are choosing to
borrowed $110,000 (ama-assn.org). specialize—a trend that is likely
These increases exceed inflation and With tuition and interest rates on the steep rise, related to debt load.
have significantly altered the our children will be paying off our loans with Third and fourth year Creighton
financial profile of the average their social security checks. students were asked whether or not
graduate. The prototype 2006 debt load was influencing their
graduate had $130,500 in debt, with 72% having at least specialty choice, 59% of which said “no”. However, 24%
$100,000. Along with this mounting educational debt, of those also stated that if family practice were their first
40.2% also had non-educational debt averaging $16,689. choice, debt load would be more concerning. Many
This regurgitation of numbers is dizzying, but it boils students commented that cost of living was also a major
down to this—assuming an average 2006 federal loan consideration, and that rather than limiting their specialty
debt, consolidated at current interest rates (6.8%), (Continued on page 2)
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(Continued from page 1) Doom
choice, they would choose
not to live in high cost cities
like San Francisco, New
York or Chicago. Along
Faculty Advisor: with in flu en ce over
Dr. Michael Kavan, Ph.D. specialty choice, two
additional effects of debt
Editors in Chief: have been observed in
Andrew E. Kummer resident physicians.
Eric Peeples According to recent AMA
This Issue’s Writers: research, rising debt causes
residents to moonlight
Dr. Michael Kavan, Ph.D. (duh), and those with larger
Marcia Cusic debt totals are more likely
Linda Pappas to commit errors and violate
Yukari Kawamoto ACGME work hour rules
while picking up extra
Justin Birge shifts. Similarly, as
Andrew E. Kummer personal debt increases, so
Brian Nagao does the number of residents reporting cynicism and two or more symptoms of
Eric Peeples This problem has not gone unrecognized and many options exist to help
Doron Scheffer relieve the pressure of debt. The DRA (2/2006) and pending reauthorization of
Ted Strobman the HEA would (among other things) continue to give borrowers flexibility,
Casey Woster adjust interest rates annually, study the outcome of student load debt, and offer
forgiveness for highly-needed specialists or those entering residency programs
Patrick Allison over 5 years. These efforts are helpful, but they are not a solution. The AMA has
Juliana Gazallo recommended tuition
Jim Ramig caps, tax deductions and
increases in scholarships.
Other solutions which
commitments include the
Armed Forces and
National Health Services
Corps scholarships. It has
also been suggested that
medical school could be
free, with graduates
completing a minimum
two-year National Health
Service requirement. The
Such a high-priced dinner will be something of
cost of this plan was
mythical legend for medical students by the year
estimated to be less than
0.1% of annual national
health care expenditures
(or 0.05% of the cost of the Iraq War) and subsequently lost momentum.
Debt load is a concern not only for current medical students, but for those
who will train 20 or 30 years from now. If tuition continues to rise at current
rates (165% in private schools and 312% in state schools over the last 20 years),
the cost of medical education will become prohibitive rather than simply
WELLNESS CHRONICLE SPRING 2007 3
M2 Intramural Sports Update
By Casey Woster
ello everyone, and welcome to the spring M2 deny the shots of smaller and less hairy opponents despite
IM sports update. We’ve officially entered his team routinely having a lead of over 20 points. It
basketball season, the best part of the sports remains to be seen if these intimidation tactics pay off in
year. Our teams from the M2 class have been the playoffs.
putting together some impressive regular seasons thus far The Biehl’ded Clams also currently have a record of 2-
and look to be hitting full-stride as the playoffs draw near. 2, officially making them the 3rd best team in men’s A
First off, we’ll begin with the ladies. In particular the (out of a staggering six teams total). The team’s physical
SWAT team, who has jumped out to a 3-1 record in defense has been rooted by Sam “Body Slam” Taylon,
women’s A. This explosion out of the gates would not while the offense has been lifted by Chris Eixenberger.
have been possible without Danielle “the Shot-Swatter” Eixenberger is a new addition to the team who has
Potter and her patented in-your-face defense. On the contributed nicely thanks to his jumpshot, which is as
offensive end of the court, the team relies on Lesley smooth and soft as an embrace between Michael Jackson
Hawley and her Tim Hardaway-esque killer crossover and a young Macaulay Culkin. Another important asset to
that has sent countless opponents to the team has been Mike Smith, whose
the CUMC emergency room with radioactive explosiveness toward the
broken ankles. When asked about the hoop can only be measured with a
secret to the SWAT team’s success, Geiger counter. In a possible strange
Shannon Pinkelman revealed that the connection to Smith’s play,
team gets pumped up before each opponents have been recently
game by playing NBA Jam for Super overheard complaining of fatigue,
Nintendo. Boomshockalocka! weight gain and cold intolerance.
Bowman’s Capsule is a team on With all of these skilled players,
the rise in women’s B. While it is true expect the Clams to finish no worse
that the girls occasionally lose their than sixth in their league.
focus and allow an opponent to The last team we’ll mention, Yap
ultrafiltrate her way to the basket, Attack (1-3), is a team still struggling
they are beginning to put the clamps to find its identity in men’s B. The
down defensively. Case in point: The game that taught an entire generation problem for this team has not been a
they held their last opponent to a the meaning of the phrases “He’s on fire” lack of talent but a lack of cohesive
mere 26 points. The team is also and “Boomshockalocka.” playing styles. Some members of the
showing vast signs of improvement team, such as Colin Drolshagen,
on the offensive end. As a true testament to their growing prefer to encourage good effort and fair play from
confidence, team captain Kara Watterson has promised to members of the opposing team by helping them up after a
do the spider dribble for five minutes straight in front of hard foul. Other members of the team, most notably Keith
the entire M2 class if her team does not win it all this Hood(lum) and Joe Blas, prefer to commit the hard fouls
year. Way to go Kara! that give Colin a chance to help the other players up. This
Now we move on to the gentlemen. We’ll start with contrast in styles has led to difficulties on the court thus
the Football Team, which appears to have the best chance far. However, if Yap Attack can discover the right
of any men’s team at winning a championship this year. mixture of good sportsmanship and controlled rage, look
Although the boys have dropped two straight games to for this team to make some noise during the playoffs.
leave themselves with a 2-2 record, there is no denying Finally, let’s all show some school spirit and cheer
their physical superiority over the other teams in men’s C. really hard for the Creighton men’s basketball team as
Power forward Matt Pieper summed it up best when he March approaches. They are playing pretty well these
said, “We’re like that kid in the junior high locker room days and could easily make the NCAA tournament.
who already has a mustache while everyone else is still However, if they do not, make sure to hide any sharp
trying to grow peach fuzz.” There has been no better objects in the presence of Chelsey Petz and Josh Jansen,
proof of the truth in Pieper’s comments than the play of and be liberal in your use of SIG ME CAPS while talking
Brandon Newgard. Brandon continues to relentlessly to them. ■
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Real Fake News
By Doron Scheffer and Ted Strobman
HEADLINES people always got voted homecoming king/queen in high
Dr. Cichowski and Dr. Guck Flog Guest Lecturer in Dark Horse: Scott Atay. At least his acceptance speech
Interactive Area For Underemphasizing the will be funnier than anyone else’s.
Importance of the History and Physical “To Send a M2
Message”……...……………..……………………page 1 Favorites: Once again, a two-horse race
between Gabriel Harris and J.D.
Patti Marsh Feigns Interest as Dr. Kavan Announces Welander. Just yesterday I saw
That He Has Found the “Perfect” Far-Side Comic for Welander help an old lady across the
a new Orientation Week Powerpoint street. But then, moments later, I saw
Presentation………………………………....……page 6 Harris help two ladies across the street,
and he put each on a shoulder so he
M2 Excited For Golden Apple Since She Hasn’t Said a could do lunges in the crosswalk as he
Word to Most of the Class Since the Last Golden Will Gabe passed by.
Apple…..……………………………..…………..page 19 Harris two-peat On the outside looking in: Any of the
the Golden Cup 50 annoyingly nice, proper girls in this
M3 Not So Impressed With Surgery Resident After of Morality? class that all seem to blend together.
Seeing Him in the KFC Men’s Locker M1
Room………………………………...…….……..page 31 Favorites: There really are no favorites for good people in
this class. Remember, this is the class that prompted a
Socially Conscientious M1, Despite Claiming Never to review of Nipper. If it was the “Bruised Banana Award”
Stereotype, Whole-Heartedly Believes That “All or “Semi-Moldy Orange Award,” this category would be
Lawyers are Social Leaches”………...……..…page 234 filled with names, but as is, it doesn’t look good.
Least Un-Favorite: Amanda Oertli. A Creighton girl who
M2 Chooses Longest Answer….…..page 5,992,110,014 has the “nerdy boy” vote locked up, just needs to work on
the “snobby girl” population to lock down an award.
Preseason Golden Apple Rankings
The Golden Apple banquet is just around the corner, Report: Mike Yap still straight ghetto, yo
and the early favorites for each class’ Golden Apple The news team recently caught up with one of the
awards (also known as the CUSOM Best Person Award second years’ toughest cookies,
presented by Bud Select) have just been released. While Mike Yap, at a recent
there is plenty of time for changes, these are the people intramural basketball game, and
who so far look to be in the running for being the best was assured that he is still
people. straight ghetto. Hailing from
M4 Camarrilo, CA (which
Favorites: Who are we really kidding? By this time we apparently is like the Asian
just want to match at our top choice so we can wear that Orange County), Yap has done
as a smug grin for all to see. Not too worried about the seemingly unthinkable,
whether our peers think we are good people at this point which is keep true to his roots
anymore. while attending medical school
On the Bubble: My-Lihn Trinh, because name recognition in Nebraska. The only question that
is everything. “Mike is a real inspiration to remains is “Al Pacino
M3 everyone looking to bring a bit gangster or Sascha
Favorites: Andrew Stevens. Wait, this isn't an official of his hometown flava to this Baron Cohen
position you can run for to pad a CV? Never mind then... often drab town, where there gangsta’?”
Helen Fasanya/Marilee Simons/Jason Beste/Sandy isn’t much to do besides study,”
Swedean. Because CUSOM's goal is to make med school stated his homie Ben Maertins, who has a tattoo.
as much like high school as possible, and the best looking (Continued on page 5)
WELLNESS CHRONICLE SPRING 2007 5
(Continued from page 4) Real Fake News find Marcia mercilessly pounding the Pepsi machine in
When asked how he manages to stay so “tru 2 da the far corner demanding that the machine, “Do its
game,” Yap remarked that “it is tough at times. I watch a f**king job!” Rick said what followed only got worse.
lot of MTV2, especially that new show with Fez and “She started riffling through her pockets looking for
people making fun of each other, and I do my best to keep another dollar, all the while saying words that I just don’t
in touch with the homies. But, in an emergency, if I really feel comfortable repeating.” After finding another dollar
need to keep it real and am not sure how, I just look at in her purse, cursing a few more times, Marcia
what Brian Hollis is doing and do the opposite.” successfully obtained the Diet Pepsi she so badly wanted.
She then exited the vending machine area, smiled, and
Students Shocked as Marcia Releases String of wished everyone a pleasant afternoon. ■
Expletives After Vending Machine Refuses Her The vending
Crumpled Up Dollar for Second Time machine, shortly
Onlookers expressed nothing but shock after after the “dollar
witnessing Creighton University School of Medicine incident.” There
Chaplain Marcia Cusic let a string of expletives come are no suspects,
flying out of her mouth after, as witnesses speculated, the though the security
vending machine refused her dollar for a second straight camera was found
time. M1 Rick Carlson was hoping to pick up a snack covered in coffee
before heading to the library to study for the afternoon grinds and animal
when he walked into the vending machine area only to crackers.
Valentine’s Day Happenings
By Jim Ramig
nlike the majority of America, Valentine’s Located in the Dundee area, at 50th and Underwood, is
Day for most medical students will be a Travato’s, a family owned, fairly priced establishment
ménage a trois spent with Robbins and with a wide variety of typical American cuisine. Located
Cotran. However, if you are one of the lucky less than a block from Travato’s is Omaha’s other Ted
few to have a special someone in Omaha, here and Wally’s location for an after dinner treat.
are a few suggestions for the occasion that For those non-traditional V-Day adventure
won’t require another loan. seekers, the Henry Doorly Zoo is featuring
Trini’s Mexican Cuisine in the Old Market Sharks 3D at the IMAX Theater. In the arts
Passage Way offers a secluded dinner for two community, the Joslyn Art Museum is
for under $30. The atmosphere has an currently featuring a foray into American
underground feel, located across from an art History with their exhibit Faces from the
gallery and a toy store to occupy your interest Land: A Photographic Journey Through
until your table is ready. Within walking Native America. For the rest of us who will be
distance, at 11 and Jackson, is Ted and spending this Valentine’s Day alone, I would
Wally’s Ice Cream Parlor, where you can top recommend Cigarros at 131st and Birch Drive.
off your evening with handmade cold Aptly named after a Nicaraguan cigar
creations similar to the more widely-known producer, Cigarros offers a wide variety of
Cold Stone Creamery. If contemporary Italian tobacco from their walk-in humidor, in
in on your agenda for the night, Spaghetti Scare the pants off of addition to a full menu of aged scotch to
Works at 500 S. 11th offers a make-your-own your significant other compliment the smoke.
pasta option so you’ll be sure to get what you this V-Day. All things considered, when weighing the
want out of the evening; good company, good options of expensive dinners and busy class
food, and again, a check under $30. A slightly more schedules, this medical student would give his highest
expensive option is Lo Sole Mio Ristorante located at recommendation to a potluck dinner among friends. After
3000 S. and 32nd Avenue. As a white table cloth all, good food and great company are more than anyone
establishment, the house wine and authentic, traditional can hope for on such an occasion. ■
Italian dishes are sure to win your hubby’s highest praise.
6 WELLNESS CHRONICLE SPRING 2007
By Eric Peeples Omaha Driving
've learned that wherever I go, the world's worst all of your elementary school science knowledge, snow is
drivers have followed me there. That is until I came made out of a chemical which is rather slippery and,
to Omaha. No matter where I go now, they all stay when frozen, can get even more slippery. That four wheel
here, and are waiting patiently (with middle fingers drive on your H3 is nice, but four wheel drive is not the
at the ready) for my return. Being a trained student of same as four wheel stop. So the next time you’re sliding
scientific study, I know I shouldn't rely solely on backwards down the freeway at 45 miles per hour, you
personal, empirical evidence, and I owe it to my readers can find solace in the fact that there are probably twenty
to do the in-depth, exhaustive research that you've come other Omaha residents performing the same maneuver at
to expect of me. In that spirit, I called my insurance agent that exact moment.
for some insurance industry statistical stuff. #6- Road signs can be confusing, though a few people in
Unfortunately, he was out removing his car from a snow Omaha have managed to resolve the subtle difference
bank and never returned my call. I feel certain, however, between the stop sign and the yield sign (maybe because
that had I heard from him, this is what he would have those big words are written on them). Unfortunately, there
said: is a third sign that is often found in merging situations
#1- Resist temptation to take "the fast line" through right that does not provide the same luxury of an explicit
turns. This isn't a NASCAR event, you aren't Ricky Rudd,
and a wide right turn is the second most popular traffic
stop excuse for DUI checks. Even if you haven't been
drinking, you could end up with more unwanted tickets
than the UNO basketball season ticket holders.
#2- Turn signals are there for a reason and, no, it’s not as
an invitation to joust. If you would like to change lanes, Triangle means yield, octagon means stop, and diamond
just flip that little lever by your left hand (you know the means “for the love of all that is holy, keep driving!” Is it
one that’s dusty from disuse). Conversely, if someone really that hard?
signals that they would like to change lanes, they are not
trying to “take your lane away from you.” definition written on the sign. On the other hand, it does
#3- Turn lanes are not interchangeable. If you are in the have a picture on it! It shows two separate lanes and two
right turn lane, you are not allowed to turn left, no matter corresponding arrows, which implies that two separate
how many times you did it in your tractor out on the farm. cars could actually go at once. The next time I see
#4- Yes, there is a middle lane on Dodge, and yes, middle someone stop for one of those signs, I swear that I will
lanes are often used for left turns. So I can see where hunt them down, pull their driver’s license out of their
people could get purse, and destroy it.
confused, and try to turn #7- For those of you who actually have a grasp of the
left on Dodge. It’s function of the various traffic signs, the next step is to
amazing, though, that ascertain who has the right of way. Luckily for you, this
they can actually fit is quite easy to do in Nebraska: the right of way always
between the picket fence goes to the truck with the rifle rack and the "Guns don't
of “no left turn” signs kill people - I do" bumper sticker.
Billy Bob probably didn’t placed every six inches. #8- The other day, I passed an M1 driving down Dodge
even notice the car that had Luckily, those people will who had her Host Defense notes clipped to her steering
stopped to turn left in front of eventually stop to turn in wheel, and she was talking to her three friends in the car
him. front the hillbillies from while changing the radio station and trying to put on a
#3, whose excessively sweatshirt. It was the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen.
large truck will quickly turn their car into a large, metal I mean, honestly, how does she expect to retain any of
floor mat. that vital immunology knowledge if she’s chatting with
#5- You live in Omaha. It snows here. In case you forgot (Continued on page 7)
WELLNESS CHRONICLE SPRING 2007 7
(Continued from page 6) know it. To the best of my lip-reading abilities, the last
her friends while trying to study? guy that I tried to revive at an intersection had apparently
#9- In many cities, honking is a way to get someone’s mistaken me for Oedipus (although his phrasing was a bit
attention, especially when they’re doing something more pungent than the Greek version).
stupid. In Omaha, however, it is apparently the equivalent If you’re reading this article, congratulations! That means
of insulting someone’s wife (or cousin, since they are that you’ve survived yet another day on the streets of
often interchangeable). If someone passes out at a light in Omaha. And hopefully, if you follow these few hints, you
his ridiculously large truck and you honk at him, you will continue to successfully traverse the Omaha traffic
suddenly become the idiot and they will make sure you gauntlet. ■
hit. There will also be a date
UNMC Date Auction auction with some very eligible
b a c h e l o r s a n d
bachelorettes!! This is a great
By Andrew E. Kummer
way to meet other professional
he Student Alliance for Global Health at students outside of your school!!
UNMC annually sends medical, nursing, Doors will open at 7:00 pm and
pharmacy, and allied health students to the Los the show should start at 8:00
Chavalitos fetal/maternal medicine clinic, pm. There is a $5 cover at the
affiliated with the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health, in door, and drink specials will be
Managua, Nicaragua. This year, 19 UNMC students, announced in the days before
representing three colleges, will be traveling to Nicaragua the event (it is a 21 and over
to participate in important immunization campaigns and event). All proceeds go to help
provide healthcare to hundreds of children and adults. As fund this year's medical service Rumor has it, Scarlett
part of the effort to raise funds for this year's trip, medical trip. Please come out, enjoy the Johansson is a UNMC
students involved in the trip will be playing a concert at music, have a few tasty pharmacy student.
Pauli's Sports Bar & Grill on 40th & Leavenworth, on beverages, and support a great
March 3rd, 2007. These students will be playing cover professional relationship between UNMC and the
music from various artists, and based on the success of Nicaraguan Ministry of Health. ■
the event last year, this year's concert promises to be a
Wellness Event: Ice Skating
By Juliana Gazallo
uring the afternoon of Sunday, January 28th,
Creighton medical students gathered to show
off their marvelous moves on the ice at Motto
McLean Ice Arena. This wellness event was a
much needed one during the frosty winter in Omaha and
stressful times in school. Ice skating was a nice way to
really get excited about the cold weather, and also unwind
on a pleasant Sunday afternoon.
While some students chose to ice skate smoothly and
gracefully (for the most part) along the ice, others chose
to skate at a more advanced level, performing stellar
moves and posing for pictures with only one foot on the
ice! Students Chris Neeley and Tom Kennedy were
creative in bringing along a hockey stick and puck to play
on the ice. Overall, this was a relaxing wellness event that
turned out to be a soothing break from the demands of
medical school. ■ Some of the skating participants trying to pretend that
they don’t have frostbite and broken tailbones.
8 WELLNESS CHRONICLE SPRING 2007
and reach the heights of their 2005 championship team,
MLB Preview: but to do so they must replace the arms of Brandon
McCarthy and Freddy Garcia, as the team purged both
salaries in offseason trades. However, they got stronger in
American League the field with the signing of Jamestown, ND native Darin
Erstad. The Cleveland Indians also hope to improve from
last year’s 78-84 disappointment, but must rely on a
By Andrew E. Kummer
largely unproven pitching rotation, and without closer
ooking around outside these days, one hardly Keith Foulke. Foulke was signed in the offseason to
thinks of spring. In fact, as this article is being solidify the bullpen, but retired last week due to non-
written, the temperature is locked in at a frigid healing injuries. The Kansas City Royals have a young
four degrees, and there’s snow on every grassy team that has nowhere to go but up. Predictions: 1) Tigers
patch in town. The first robin sighting is likely a good 2) Twins 3) White Sox 4) Indians 5) Royals.
three to four weeks away, and most of the M2’s haven’t AL East: The division that is the darling of the
even cracked their First Aid for Step One books yet. national media should be competitive once again this
College and professional basketball and hockey seasons year. The New York Yankees still have several question
are in full swing, and many sports fans are looking marks and are always good for one or two big name
forward to the culmination of these seasons and their trades during the season. As it stands now, there are still
respective playoffs. While you can include me in this first a couple of gaping holes in the starting rotation, but 100
category, there is another sport that holds a firm grip upon wins are a possibility with a lineup that
my heart, one which is just over the horizon but closing boasts eight potential all-stars as well as
like a champion thoroughbred. Ah yes, baseball season is a few MVP candidates. Their little
fast approaching and, simply put, I could not be more brothers, the Boston Red Sox, have as
excited. With pitchers and catchers reporting to training many question marks as anyone in the
camps in Arizona and Florida next week, I thought it league. First, can Curt Schilling still
would be appropriate to take a look at the upcoming pitch? He’s a guy who’s definitely in
season and make some early predictions for what we may decline mode, and it remains to be seen
see in October. As always, these picks are for recreational if his body can hold up another season.
use only and should not be used for any money wagers. Next, how good is Daisuke Matsuzaka?
Besides, I’m a moron. Pssst, Daisuke: They have to hope he’s as good as the
AL Central: I might as well start where I’m most you need a $103 million they paid to sign the
comfortable, the division in which my beloved Minnesota glove! Japanese ace. Also, how will Jonathon
Twins compete, and also the best division in baseball. Papelbon adjust to life as a starting
However, it’s not the team I will begin with, as it’s pitcher after a dominating rookie season closing games
always polite to start with the team who played in the for the BoSox? And how long until we start hearing
World Series. The Detroit Tigers are looking to follow Manny Ramirez trade rumors? The Toronto Blue Jays
their remarkable 2006 with nothing short of a lead the pack of the less sexy teams in this division, but
championship. With with pitchers Roy Halladay, A.J. Burnett, and newly
largely the same team than acquired closer B.J. Ryan, on top of a lineup featuring
won the AL pennant from Troy Glaus, Vernon Wells, and Frank Thomas, the Jays
last year, plus the addition are poised to compete with the big boys. The Baltimore
of Gary Sheffield to give Orioles are still a couple of years away from making
the lineup a little extra pop, noise, but should be interesting to watch with shortstop
they should be tough to Miguel Tejada, third baseman Brian Roberts, and young
beat once again this year. starting pitcher Erik Bedard. Finally, the Tampa Bay
Twins’ pitcher Johan As for my Twins, they Devil Rays will remain bad, but have one of the best
Santana. return the AL batting young pitchers in the game in Scott Kazmir. Predictions:
champ (Joe Mauer), the AL MVP (Justin Morneau), and 1) Yankees 2) Blue Jays 3) Red Sox 4) Orioles 5) Devil
the AL Cy Young Award winner (Johan Santana) from Rays.
their AL Central champion squad. However, the team AL West: A traditionally competitive division, the AL
could easily fall off with the absence of pitcher Francisco West race is one that could be over by the All-Star break.
Liriano (Tommy John surgery). The Chicago White Sox The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have assembled a
hope to rebound from their disappointing 2006 campaign (Continued on page 18)
WELLNESS CHRONICLE SPRING 2007 9
campus.” He was a leader who is given credit for making
Omaha aware of the presence of Creighton University. In
Shh… We’re a way, it has not been forgotten.
Father Reinert was quoted as saying, “I came from a
family of salesmen and I enjoy it, but you have to believe
Trying to Read in the product. I really believe in this school and in this
town. I am a profoundly religious man who finds God in
the students and in the people of Omaha” (Omaha World
By Marcia Cusic Herald, August 17, 1980).
His early death, in 1980, at the age of 67, made a
profound impact not only on the Creighton campus but
he Reinert/Alumni Library - a building most of also throughout Omaha. Participants in the summer
you have frequented in your search for a quiet graduation ceremony at the University of Nebraska at
place to study. A most appropriate name, as the Omaha observed a moment of silence in their graduation
dream of building a new library came from the ceremony, in memory of the Reverend Carl M. Reniert.
19th President of Creighton University, the Reverend Carl On December 28, 1980, the Omaha World Herald
M. Reinert, and the funds that allowed this dream to named Father Reinert and Peter Kiewit (who had died in
become a reality came from Creighton September 1979) as the Midlands Men
alumni. When the library was completed in Of The Year. This honor was, and
1962 it was simply called the Alumni continues to be, awarded to the
Library. It was later renamed to include a person(s) who have had the greatest
tribute to Father Reinert. impact upon the Midlands. Probably
So you ask… who was this President/ the best compliment given to Father
Priest? And how has he affected my life, Reinert was that “he succeeded
other than having his name on a building? primarily through being himself. And
A little background: Father Reinert was that has been more than
born July 4, 1913 and died August 13, enough” (Creighton Alumnus, October
The Reinert/Alumni Library, as it
1980. He was ordained in 1944, at age 31, 1960).
and assumed the Presidency of Creighton As you enter the Reinert/Alumni
University at age 37 in 1950, serving as President for 12 Library, look to the left of the circulation desk (North)
years. and you will see a Bust of the Reverend Carl M. Reinert.
He has been referred to as “the Builder” (and the more Another person who has gone before us, living the Jesuit
I read about him the more I saw a similarity to our philosophy of serving as an agent of change, seeking
current President, Father John Schlegel. See what you excellence (magis), while being aware of his surrounding
think!) According to a New York Times article dated world and connecting with a sense of something greater
August 15, 1980, “Father Reinert generated 200 million than himself, for the Greater Glory of God.
dollars in contributions and is responsible for 19 new or Another thank you to Deb Sturges, reference librarian,
expanded buildings on the 50 square block urban for gathering the information for this feature. ■
Claudine Bohn What television doctor do
you resemble, and why?
What are your spring “Elliot Reed from
break plans? Scrubs because we’re
both hyper, blonde,
“KC for a few days, followed
by a Yeti hunting expedition.”
10 WELLNESS CHRONICLE SPRING 2007
It’s Nagao’s World
By Brian Nagao
hoosing your schedule for the M3 clerkships is jump routines of an Olympic figure skater, i.e. quad,
an important affair. Late in the M2 year, all triple, double. The primary care rotation itself went with
second year students meet in their classroom much less of a hitch, except for the “Whoa” incident
and, in an order based on a lottery, chose one during a pelvic exam, and it ended on a high note with me
of six options, A through F. Each option divides the class opening up my preceptor’s Ferrari 355 spider on West
into six equal portions for each of the six clerkships: Center Road. Just as pleasing was listening to my
internal medicine, OB-GYN, pediatrics, primary care, classmate Bobby beg me to ask my preceptor if he could
psychiatry, and surgery. Students be his pit flunky just for a chance to
consider many factors when making sniff the Ferrari’s exhaust.
their choice including the timing of For inpatient internal medicine, I
clerkships, order of the clerkships, and started at the VA Hospital. I like this
perhaps most importantly, who else is facility. Though the patient base is not
in the clerkships. Inevitably, when 120 exceedingly diverse, the nice facilities
bright, proud, and ambitious lunatics and their computerized charting
see nothing but each other for two system are wonderful. The on-call
straight years, there will grow rifts and rooms are immaculate, with the
there will be tiffs. The ultimate fear is exception of a previous user’s
being teamed up with one of the class misplaced boxer shorts. However, the
“land mines,” so called because their For more information as to why we will on-call food is lackluster and consists
terrible brunt of schizotypal tendencies probably never own one of these, see mostly of the cafeteria’s expired
and/or noxious behaviors leaves the loan debt article on page 1. sandwiches and salads. Free time was
disgruntled, alienated students in their still plentiful and I golfed on a weekly
aftermath. Undoubtedly, some people breathed a sigh of basis. Later though, I was soured to find out that my
relief when I did not end up in their group. But to them I month of VA easy street coincided with CUMC’s JCAHO
implore, welcome me with open arms for it is my clinical inspection. One could attribute this to chance but I chalk
ineptitude that shows your attendings that it could have this one up to Creighton stashing its surly little secret. A
been worse. month of silver team at Creighton followed and proved
I chose option C which proceeds in the following that true awkwardness was no longer measured with
order: primary care, internal medicine, surgery, Nagao’s dance moves. By now, an average med student
psychiatry, OB-Gyn, and pediatrics. This would have some aptitude with physical
order seemed to build my clinical exam skills, diagnoses, and making plans.
experience in the most logical and However, I still managed to sculpt SOAP
foundation-laying manner. Doing primary notes that sounded something like: Lungs
care during the warm summer months was clear…heart RRR…no JVD…
an added bonus because it maximized my Assessment: 84 yo female with ischemic
golf time. I had just returned from Hawaii colitis, status post hemicolectomy day 4…
for my post-Step 1 break, and my golf Plan: Continue current medications.
game hadn’t been better in years. Transfer from ICU to telemetry. In
Unfortunately for me, I happen to play contrast, the attending’s note read…
golf with Adam Barker and Andy Andy Kummer and Adam Barker Bilateral inspiratory crackles…prominent
Kummer, and within a few weeks of comparing whose was “the PULSATING JVD…Assessment: 84 yo
returning to Omaha, their tree-hunting, better shot into the pond.” female status post hemicolectomy now
property-damaging, life-endangering boobery added ten with CHF…Plan: Start Lasix. D-oh!!! Thus stands why
strokes to my game. After a while, I had them keep their my notes are about as clinically relevant as Monopoly
own scores because their scorecard looked more like the (Continued on page 13)
WELLNESS CHRONICLE SPRING 2007 11
By Patrick Allison
ow for the best memorable maxims, quaint quips, and eccentric excerpts from the past
few months, from the best faculty on the planet. Please enjoy in good intentions, good
fun, and with the citations directing you to the Podcasts for your listening bliss.
“I will, uh, I’m an old man so I will not run up and down the lecture hall and give her, uh, give the lecture the way she
did. (Pause) Damn I’m funny today! … If you Pod people are not laughing by now, get out of bed. I think we should
have a movie: The Podpeople.”
Dr. Barone, both making excuses for not channeling Dr. Rentmeester while reviewing her lecture, and also
teasing the ‘live’ Podcast audience. December 8, Ethics: Question and Answer Session 9:42.
“Well yes, I do feel like I’m worthless, okay. I’ve always felt that way ever since I was a
Dr. Guck with an award-deserving performance as a patient responding to the
‘G’ in SIG-ME-CAPS. January 23, IPE: L20 30:43.
“Thinking helps. Unbelievable.”
Dr. Haynatzki, summing his revelation after engaging the class to work through
a stats problem. January 19, EBM: L9 29:15.
“Just before orgasm, in the thirty seconds or so before orgasm, the labia minora turn a
very bright red. So if any of you is right in the middle of something and are interested,
you can whip out a mirror… dang!”
Dr. Logan, earning ‘the most blushing females with one comment’ award for my If only I would have come to
entire life. January 31, HD MED: L11 20:04. the conclusion that “thinking
helps,” imagine what I could
“So it’s not quite as simple as William James put it, uh, have accomplished.
with that kind of ahem bass ackwards way of looking at
Dr. Coleman, gracefully sidestepping the urge to curse while elucidating the development
of James’ idea ‘We grieve because we cry.’ February 2, HD MED: L12 31:36.
This last one is not from our faculty, but…
“And I wanna spend some time on somethin’ no one else has talked about, which is
genetic engineering. It’s gonna be a big part of our future, and it’s basically gonna make
our job irrelevant in the future, uh, like nano-bots and neu-bots, which are nucleic acid
robots, which are proposed to go in and fix all types of genetic diseases, which will lead
to, um… the survival of the human race, and uh… basically in the future, we’re all going
to be cyborgs and live forever.”
The future Dr. Davies, concluding his group’s genetics case presentation on
A Davies-engineered nano- Retinoblastoma in a single breath. January 25, MCB: L23 31:29.
bot attacking “bad cells,”
making pretty much everyone Last issue’s “Dr. Barone’s retirement plan” took home the honors. Please submit your
in the health industry vote for best Aberrant Auscultation to Patrick Allison at firstname.lastname@example.org. The
obsolete. winners from each issue will compete for best A.A. of the year, and the professor will get
a nifty prize. Find other auscultations that didn’t make this list on the M1 web page. ■
12 WELLNESS CHRONICLE SPRING 2007
understand how something works. Your Blumenfeld book
STUDYING FOR offers an Anatomical and Clinical Review at the
beginning of each chapter. If you can’t get through the
NEURO whole chapter before the lecture, be sure to read through
By Linda Pappas Identify an anchor point and build your knowledge
Academic Success Counselor around it. The orange boxes in Blumenfeld give you the
Key Clinical Concept. The knowledge of the normal
euroscience—your first systems course. How process first will help you to understand how a lesion
exciting, but how will you study? I know that could affect function.
each of you studies well, but system studying Try drawing pathways from memory to see how well
can be an adjustment. I have a book titled you know them. After you have done that memorization,
“How to Excel in Medical School” by Saks and Saks, and review cumulatively. Blumenfeld provides a Brief
I checked out what Saks and Saks had to say about Anatomical Study Guide at the end of each chapter.
studying Neuroscience and Neuroanatomy. I thought that Become familiar with the types of examination questions
I would share some of their advice and add you will be asked. Blumenfeld again
some of my own for you to try. Saks and provides learning assistance by giving you
Saks’ ideas are the italized ones. Review Exercises in green boxes in each
Use words and pictures together, and chapter; use those to practice for quizzes.
even consider annotating the pictures with Saks and Saks state that Neuroantomy
the information from the text. Learn questions require that you know the
terminology in a meaningful way. The location and function of a brain structure
words will often direct you (e.g. ascending or pathway, that you understand the
and descending). Pay attention to the sequence and significance of embryonic
relative locations of structures, and how Once you pass neuro, the events, and that you understand the blood
each structure fits with surrounding world is yours! supply of the brain and neurological
structures. Think of the pathway, direction deficits corresponding to various vascular
and function of each. Put them in a chart, in a concept occlusions. They go on to state that Neuroscience
map, in a narrative, draw them out on the board, buy a requires knowledge of the function anatomy of the brain
Neuro coloring book, or talk them out with someone else. stem and spinal cord, and that you understand the
Combine methods of understanding them. Take whatever etiology and clinical features of important brain, cranial
method works best for you and add one other method. nerve and spinal cord lesions. It may require that you
It is again time to start reflecting on what strategies interpret brain MRI/CT scans, including morphologic
you used that worked so well in those tough changes in disease states.
undergraduate classes. Use illustrations, charts and Remember that we will be having the SI for
diagrams to consolidate and organize information, and to Neuroscience over the lunch hour on Tuesdays and
aid in developing conceptualization of the material. We Thursdays. It is an excellent opportunity to review in an
are looking for concise summaries that will help us to organized way. Enjoy Neuroscience. ■
Kady Milow What television
doctor do you
resemble, and why?
If you could have any super
power, what would it be and
“Julianne Marguilles on ER
because she got to date
“To be able to fly so I George Clooney, a.k.a.
could get places faster.” 2006 sexiest man alive.”
WELLNESS CHRONICLE SPRING 2007 13
(Continued from page 10) Nagao’s World procedures and blatant medical malpractice. Fortunately,
money is valuable. Dr. Sugimoto had already submitted my evaluation for
My surgery clerkship included cardiothoracic, CT so this priceless Nagao gem cannot harm my
orthopedics, and orange team general. CT went well and I academic record but can and will only be used to mock
managed to mask my ignorance from Dr. Sugimoto for me cruelly behind my back. ■
the whole two weeks only to tip my hand later one
morning during my general month when Dr. Sugimoto
asked me what surgeries I was doing that day and I told
him about the scheduled “carotidectomy.”
“Carotidectomy!” he exclaimed, “Don’t you mean
parotidectomy?” “Uh…yeah,” I said. Being that a
carotidectomy would lead to complete infarction of half
of your cerebral cortex and not be compatible with life,
it’s safe to say that I probably misread “parotidectomy”
on the chart as “carotidectomy.” It’s further safe to
assume that you won’t find Nagao’s carotidectomy in any
general surgery texts, but rather in books on autopsy
The Peeples Supplementary Guide to Medical Literacy
aving run out of themes, and being towards abstain from or do without.
the end of my list of common errors, here is a Vain vs. vein vs. vane – Vain is an adjective meaning
collection of a few more random tokens of idle, unprofitable, or "to no effect," as in the phrase “it’s
grammatical minutia. all in vain.” On the other hand, a vein is a slender thread
A vs. an – Most people have grasped by now that “an” of something, like blood in a body (which you may be
should be used whenever the word that follows it begins familiar with) or gold in a mine. It can also be a thread of
with a vowel. A common oversight, however, is that it thought, as in “…in the same vein.” Lastly, a vane is a
should also be used (rather than “a”) anytime that the blade designed to move or be moved by gases or liquid,
word following it is pronounced as a vowel, such as “an like a weathervane.
x-ray” or “an F.” Yea vs. yeah vs. yay – “Yea” is an old-fashioned formal
i.e. vs. e.g. – I don’t know that I would be able to count way of saying “yes,” used mainly in voting (the opposite
the number of times that “i.e.” has been used to mean “for of “nay”). When you want to write the common
example.” This is incorrect, as “i.e.” is an abbreviation for vernacular of “yes,” the correct spelling is “yeah” and, of
the Latin phrase id est, which is closer to the English course “yay” is an expression of happiness, much like
phrase “that is” or “in other words.” The abbreviation that “yahoo” (though not quite as influential on the stock
these people are actually looking for is “e.g.,” which market).
stands for the Latin exempli gratia, or “for example.” You Lie vs. lay and rise vs. raise – Yeah, I have no clue.
could always just stick with the English, but if you insist About all I can tell you is that the first two in each couplet
on using the abbreviation, perhaps “example given” will are intransitive verbs (something that you do), and the
remind you to use “e.g.,” while “in effect” suggests “i.e.” other two are transitive (something that you do to
Adsorption vs. absorption – These words are often used something). I looked it up, but the explanations on-line
interchangeably in our lectures and noteservices, though are about as short and concise as Robbins, so you’re on
“absorption” is pretty much always the word that should your own. If you have a better explanation, feel free to
be used. Adsorption is the process by which molecules of submit your “Joe/Jane(t) Doe’s Guide to Why Mr.
a substance, such as a gas or a liquid, collect on the Peeples is Illiterate” for the next edition of the Wellness
surface of another substance, such as a solid. So, since Chronicle.
you may never use that in your life, just forget that that Hopefully at least a few of these tips have ingrained
word exists, and always use “absorption.” themselves in your memory, and we can work together to
Forego vs. forgo – Fellow M2’s may recall this being usher in a new era of medical professionals that can write
overemphasized in an HD-Med lecture last year, but like grown-ups. Tune in next time for the exciting
here’s a quick recap. The FORE in “forego” tells you it conclusion of this four-part “Peeples Supplementary
has to do with going beFORE, and “forgo” means to Guide,” for a brief foray into medical pronunciation. ■
14 WELLNESS CHRONICLE SPRING 2007
By Dr. Michael G. Kavan, Ph.D.,
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
s you may or may not know, each month the entails:
Omaha World-Herald publishes a list of those • Have you ever felt you ought to Cut down on your
health care professionals who have had drinking?
disciplinary action taken against them. Time • Have people “Annoyed you by criticizing your
and time again, it amazes me the number of violations drinking?
that are related to alcohol or other substances. So, in an
• Have you ever felt bad or Guilty about your drinking?
attempt to shed some light on this issue, and possibly
assist you in preventing problems down the road (e.g., • Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to
having to explain a DWI every time you apply for state steady your nerves or get rid of a hangover (Eye
licensure or hospital privileges, having to have ongoing opener)?
substance abuse assessments, etc.), I thought I would Two or more positive responses may indicate a problem
spend a little time discussing assessment and intervention with alcohol that requires further assessment or
Alcohol Use in the United States Another method entails answering these questions
A recent National Center for Health Statistics study provided by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and
found that 69% of men and 56% of women consider Alcoholism (NIAAA). You may answer “yes” or “no” to
themselves to be current drinkers. 30% of the following:
men and 12% of women have had a least five • Do you drink alone when you feel angry or
drinks in one day during the past year. Seven sad?
percent of people aged 12 or older reported • Does your drinking ever make you late for
heavy alcohol use, which is defined as work?
drinking five or more drinks per day on at • Does your drinking worry your family?
least five different days in the past month. It • Do you ever drink after telling yourself you
should be noted that the National Institute on won't?
Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has
• Do you ever forget what you did while you
guidelines for abusive drinking that include
the following: Men – drinking 5 or more
standard drinks in a day or more than 14 • Do you get headaches or have a hang-over
drinks in a given week; women – drinking 4 Save yourself a lot of after you have been drinking?
or more standard drinks in a day or more than trouble, and always If you answered "yes" to any of these
7 drinks in a given week. People in these drink responsibly. questions, you may have a drinking problem
abusive categories certainly put themselves at that requires further assessment or treatment.
increased risk for alcohol-related medical, psychological, What Can I do if I Need Help?
and social problems. Specific problems associated with The NIAAA recommends the following steps:
heavy drinking include hypertension, gastrointestinal 1. Write your reasons for cutting down or stopping.
bleeding, sleep disorders, major depression, among Why do you want to drink less? There are many reasons
others. In fact, alcohol use is now the third-leading why you may want to cut down or stop drinking. You
preventable cause of death in the U.S. may want to improve your health, sleep better, or get
Assessment of Alcohol Use along better with your family or friends. Make a list of the
There are a variety of ways to better assess whether reasons you want to drink less.
you may have an alcohol problems. One method entails 2. Set a drinking goal.
using several questions that most of you are familiar with Choose a limit for how much you will drink. You may
- the CAGE Questionnaire. As you may know, this choose to cut down, or not to drink at all. If you are
technique was developed by John Ewing (1984) and (Continued on page 15)
WELLNESS CHRONICLE SPRING 2007 15
(Continued from page 14) A drink is: drink with alcohol. Do not drink on
cutting down, keep below these limits: a 12-ounce bottle of beer; an empty stomach! Eat food when
Women: No more than one drink a day a 5-ounce glass of wine; or you are drinking.
Men: No more than two drinks a day a 1 1/2-ounce shot of liquor. Take a break from alcohol.
These limits may be too high for some Pick a day or two each week when
people who have certain medical problems, or who are you will not drink at all. Then, try to stop drinking for 1
older. Talk with your doctor about the limit that is right week. Think about how you feel physically and
for you. emotionally on these days. When you succeed and feel
Now—write your drinking goal on a piece of paper. Put it better, you may find it easier to cut down for good.
where you can see it, such as on your refrigerator or Get support.
bathroom mirror. Your paper might look like this: Cutting down on your drinking may be difficult at times.
Ask your family and friends for support to help you reach
My drinking goal your goal. Talk to your doctor if you are having trouble
cutting down. Get the help you need to reach your goal.
• I will start on this day ____________.
• I will not drink more than ______ drinks in 1 day. Learn how to say NO.
• I will not drink more than ______ drinks in 1 week. You do not have to drink when other people
or drink. You do not have to take a drink that is
• I will stop drinking alcohol. given to you. Practice ways to say no
politely. For example, you can tell people
you feel better when you drink less. Stay
3. Keep a "diary" of your drinking. away from people who give you a hard time
To help you reach your goal, keep a "diary" of your about not drinking.
drinking. For example, write down every time you have a
drink for 1 week. Try to keep your diary for 3 or 4 weeks. Stay active.
This will show you how much you drink and when. You What would you like to do instead of
drinking? Use the time and money spent on
may be surprised. How different is your goal from the
drinking to do something fun with your
amount you drink now? Use the "drinking diary" below to family or friends. Go out to eat, see a movie,
write down when you drink. or play sports or a game.
Watch out for temptations.
type of place con- Watch out for people, places, or times that make you
Day of Week # of drinks drink, even if you do not want to. Stay away from people
who drink a lot or bars where you used to go. Plan ahead
Monday of time what you will do to avoid drinking when you are
Do not drink when you are angry or upset or have a bad
Wednesday day. These are habits you need to break if you want to
Friday DO NOT GIVE UP!
Most people do not cut down or give up
Saturday drinking all at once. Just like a diet, it is
not easy to change. That is okay. If you
Sunday do not reach your goal the first time, try
again. Remember, get support from
Now you know why you want to drink less and you have people who care about you and want to
a goal. There are many ways you can help yourself to help. Do not give up!
cut down. Try these tips:
Watch it at home. Additional resources:
Keep a small amount or no alcohol at home. Don't keep National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism:
temptations around. http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/
Drink slowly. National Institute on Drug Abuse:
When you drink, sip your drink slowly. Take a break of 1 http://www.nida.nih.gov/ ■
hour between drinks. Drink soda, water, or juice after a
16 WELLNESS CHRONICLE SPRING 2007
By Yukari Kawamoto
y excuse for why this article was not in the as I run into her in the hospital. It’s always a nice to find a
last issue as intended: Having been away bunch of homemade cookies in your mailbox from your
on a paradise rotation, this article is one M2 buddy (or M1/M2/M3 buddy). Or to find out the
issue late. I'll make sure to mention this “tricks” on how to pass Dr. Jeffries’s renal exam. And
rotation tip in the final issue, so you too can enjoy don’t think that it’s a one-way road… the junior buddy
paradise during your M4 year. can leave goodies for the senior buddy, too—it’s more
What I learned as an M2 than appreciated! If you haven’t really gotten to know
your buddy yet, it’s never too late. Send them an e-mail
Pathology – know it, live it, love it. today!
Actually, this was something that Dr. Kumar wrote for
me in my autographed copy of Robbins. Yes, I am such a Watch TV. Lots of it.
nerd… I love pathology and I love Robbins. I have fallen Seriously, TV helped me get through my M2 year,
asleep on my couch with Robbins many a night. In my specifically the medical shows. You know, things on the
personal opinion, Robbins trumps Harrison’s or Cecil for Discovery Health channel
the first two years (and for Step 1). As I’m sure you have and TLC (Yes, I told you I
heard from Dr. Hunter, if you know Robbins, you’ll ace was a nerd earlier). Even if
the boards. The great thing about pathology is that there’s you don’t have cable,
so little memorizing – if you memorize a few key things, that’s okay. Watch those
everything else can be figured out logically. medical dramas. I watched
Don’t panic about Step 1. every week during M2
Some people started studying at spring break, others year (it’s no longer airing)
winter break, and a few even started first semester. If and it definitely helped me
you’re like me and don’t plan on studying until well after on my ID exam. In an
all your classes are done, episode Thursday night,
don’t panic when you start the doctor found out that
seeing everyone else with the patient had flatworm
their First Aid for Step 1 and said “Nurse, get me
books (Or you may not see some praziquantel.” So, Not all medical shows will
them because class along came the Friday help you through school, so
attendance starts to morning MDQ, and one of be a little selective.
dwindle). I’m a bit too laid the questions asked for the
back, maybe, because as I If you started studying for treatment of flatworm. Thanks to the handsome doctor on
slack off, I always think, boards on your MCAT the show, I got the answer right. These days, may I
“Well, no need to stress day, maybe it’s time for a suggest to you “House” as the best medical show to learn
out and study like mad. If I short break. things from? I know, our esteemed newsletter editor
fail this test, I’ll just take it wasn’t impressed by it. Granted, the three residents
again.” But really, don’t lose your health over the somehow run labs, imaging studies, home sweeps, and
licensing tests—if you study for the class exams, you even neurosurgery themselves, which is absolutely
should do fine on boards with moderate studying. ridiculous, but the medical info that the show uses is
Be a good buddy, whether you’re an M1, M2, M3, or M4 surprisingly very accurate. I have never watched that
Pass down tips, wisdom, goodies, and books to your watchamacallit show with Dr. McDreamy and Dr.
younger buddy. My M2 buddy, Nicole Pearsall (Class of
(Continued on page 19)
2006) was so fantastic that even now, I ask her for advice
WELLNESS CHRONICLE SPRING 2007 17
By Yukari Kawamoto
hat I learned as an M3 week or two…)
Gain weight before hitting surgery Trade books
Well, you know the whole hoopla One of the really sad things about becoming an M3 is
about models and their weights these that you no longer see all of your classmates everyday.
days. You, as medical students, The perk to that, though, is that most of your classmates
need to be concerned about your are on a different rotation than you, meaning you aren’t
weight, too. Surgery is grueling. all using the same book at the same time. The Book
You wake up so early you’re not Room is great, but an even better way to save money is to
hungry, you’re so busy during the get a group of 6 friends together (one each from Groups
day that you skip lunch, and you A-F), and each of you buy books only for one of the
come home so tired that you go to clerkships. Then, trade books every 2 months. And if
sleep without eating dinner. My you’re really nice, highlight the important stuff for the
friends and I lost weight during next person. If you’re evil, highlight the inconsequential
surgery, and our stomachs shrank stuff only.
with long-term food deprivation (2 Take IM and Ob/Gyn (and now Peds) during the winter
months), so it took a while to gain The Big O really is a fantastic city, with the world-
it back. So, just like a bear The Twinkie: a third renowned zoo and the College World Series. But once it
stocking up on the fat before year’s best friend. hits winter-time, what can you do outside other than
hitting the long winter, eat a few freeze your butt off on the long trek between your car
extra chicken wings, indulge in some chocolate, and pack (parked for free on the road, of course) and the hospital?
on some extra pounds the month before you start your Creighton’s
surgery clerkship. ingenious solution
Keep it clean to your winter woes
Wash your hands all the time. But actually, when I say – San Francisco and
keep it clean, I’m talking about your white coat. Unless Phoenix. How great
you wear turtlenecks all the time, the back collar of your is it that you get to
coat will turn a nasty disgusting shade of yellow-brown, spend time in 70-
possibly green for all we know. It is the grossest thing! degree mild weather
Would you want to be seen by a doctor who had some while your
yet-undiscovered organism growing on his/her collar? I classmates are stuck
don’t think so. I’ve learned two tricks to prevent this wearing thermal Not a horrible place to spend two
serious fashion and health faux pas. The first is Clorox underwear while months of your winter. Clear skies
bleach pen – whoever came up with this should be delivering babies? and 70’s: sounds like heaven.
awarded the Nobel Prize for Cleanliness. The second trick Or that you get to
is Tegaderm – yes, you read correctly, Tegaderm. You run outside along the Golden Gate Bridge as your
know, the stuff you use in surgery over the incision sites? classmates are stuck on a treadmill at the gym with 20
Who’s going to turn down Tegaderm? It’s clear, it sticks, other sweaty people? If you like the snow, great. But if
and comes off easily – it’s fantastic! So find an opened you’re the type who has the heater turned up to 85
(but unused, of course) pack, and stick a piece of degrees (yes, I do have the thermo at 85 as I type this and
Tegaderm over the collar line of your coat. If you do this, don’t care how much my utility bill will be), the Big P
you probably don’t have to wash your white coat for the and Big SF would be a better bet than The O.
entire year! (But I seriously hope you do wash it every (Continued on page 19)
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(Continued from page 8) if the 38-year-old Sosa can compete in the post-steroids
dominant starting rotation over the past couple of years, era. Another question mark will be closer Eric Gagne,
headlined by veterans John Lackey and Bartolo Colόn, who also joined the team in the offseason. Gagne has
followed by youngsters Ervin Santana and Jered Weaver. struggled to get healthy after Tommy John surgery,
With the addition of Gary Matthews Jr. to a lineup that before which he set an MLB record with 84 consecutive
boasts one of the best players in the game in Vladimir saves from 2002-2004. Finally, the Seattle Mariners will
Guerrero, the Angels will be dangerous come October. be interesting to watch this year, and may be competitive
The biggest headline for the Oakland Athletics in the if pitcher Jeff Weaver, who signed with the club last
offseason was the loss of starting pitcher Barry Zito, who month, regains his form from his days with the Detroit
zipped across the bay to the San Francisco Giants. While Tigers. However, they also need pitchers Jarrod
the rotation remains good with the likes of Rich Harden Washburn and Felix Hernandez to improve from their
and Esteban Loaiza, the A’s will definitely feel the hurt mediocre 2006 seasons. Predictions: 1) Angels 2)
that goes along with losing a pitcher of Zito’s caliber. The Athletics 3) Mariners 4) Rangers.
Texas Rangers made a splash this offseason with the Playoff predictions: Angels over Blue Jays (wild card),
signing of controversial slugger Sammy Sosa. After Tigers over Yankees, Tigers over Angels in ALCS.
sitting out the entire season in 2006, it remains to be seen Next issue: a look at the National League. ■
M1 Intramural Sports Update
By Tred Litely
his semester’s intramural sports had a slow comment on their strategy if they make it to the
start, with only two M1 teams playing semifinals, team roughneck Jim Ramig stated that “it’s
intramural co-ed basketball. The team “F+ not how hard you can hit, but how hard you can get hit
Factor” has a record of 2-3, losing one of their and keep moving forward.” Jim’s status as team enforcer
games by slaughter rule (a thirty point differential) to the was challenged in last week’s game by teammate Nick
other M1 team, “MSM”, who has a record of 4-1. Glass, when he almost fouled out shortly after the start of
The triple entente of Cory The Animal Paterson, Dan the second half. Adding insult to injury, Nick’s retort
The Man Hadland, and Adam Linck of team MSM has a after the foul of “how do you like them apples” has since
tough week ahead of them, going into the playoffs. If they changed his reputation from “the nice guy” to “the Dr.
manage to beat back the 5-0 Sausage and Eggs team this Jekyll until he gets stressed out before an MCB final
Sunday (2/18) in the B+ playoff bracket, they will then exam and turns into Mr. Hyde guy.” Nick’s new
have to face another 4-1 team the following week in the nickname is still up for review.
semifinals. Looking ahead, the M1 class is training hard for the
Meanwhile, in the B bracket, F+ Factor will be facing upcoming wiffleball, volleyball, soccer, and Ultimate
their old rivals, the R&R Crew, who they previously lost Frisbee season, as they are expected to have at least one
to in a real nail-biter by eighteen points. When asked to team representing their class in each sport. ■
Mike Smith If you could have any super
power, what would it be and
doctor do you
resemble, and why? “It’s not really a power, but
I’ve always wanted to be a
freemason because they control
“Dr. Seaver as played by the world. Or something that
Alan Thicke, the dad in would make it so I never had to
Growing Pains, for obvious do laundry again.”
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Diamond Rings and
Michael Bonebrake (M4) and Laura
Anderson (M4) became engaged on
December 27th, 2006 in Kansas City, MO.
David Garcia (M1) and Kim Collette
Mandy Kreis (M1) was engaged to Ben got engaged over Christmas break on
Buskevicius on December 31, 2006. They Dec. 29th. The wedding is set for Dec.
are planning to get married in Omaha on 29, 2007 in Kansas City, MO.
September 6, 2008.
(Continued from page 16) (Continued from page 17)
McSteamy, so I can’t comment on if that’ll help you on Favorite memory from M3 year: Trying to sleep in the
your exams (I told you, I am very nerdy). Watch House! call rooms at CUMC. But being kept up by a loud
Watch TV! resident talking to someone on the phone several rooms
Favorite memory from M2 year: Don’t live smack dab over. Learning new super-juicy gossip about some
in front of the community pool. Elderly lady in a red-red attendings and residents that this loud resident was
bathing suit, beach hat, martini in hand, radio blasting as relaying to the listener (Too bad I didn’t use this gossip to
she sings and dances to Ricky Martin. Everyday. As I my advantage, I should have. It was definitely
studied for Step 1. Before there was even water in the blackmailing material, darn it!). Well, the lesson here is
pool. Looking back, it’s pretty comical, but at the time, don’t talk much in the call room area—let others sleep
the noise was driving me nuts! Living la vida loca! ■ and keep the gossip to yourself. ■
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Spring Events Calendar
Holy ADHD, Batman, there’s way too much to do the next two months!! Especially if you are a fan of classic rock & roll
music. With Bob Seger, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, and Billy Joel coming to town, there will be enough guitar and piano
solos to set the city on fire. There’s also hockey galore for you fans of fistfights on ice, as well as the upcoming MVC
Basketball Tournament for those of you in the mood for a road trip. Get out, skip classes, and enjoy!
February 22-25…….2007 Omaha Boat, Sports, and Travel Show Qwest Center
February 23-24…….Rock ‘n’ Rodeo: PRCA Championship Rodel Mid America Center
February 23……….. Christina Aguilera Qwest Center
February 24……...... Creighton vs. Wichita State Qwest Center
Goo Goo Dolls Orpheum Theatre
February 26……….. Bluejay Battle of the Bands (Brought to you by the Class of 2009) The Rock
February 28………...Nickelback Qwest Center
Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights vs. Hamilton Civic Auditorium
March 1-4………….Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament St. Louis, Missouri
March 1-April 7…... Menopause: The Musical Orpheum Theatre
March 2…………… Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights vs. Houston Civic Auditorium
Omaha Lancers vs. Cedar Rapids Mid America Center
March 6…………… Bob Seger Qwest Center
March 7…………… Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights vs. Iowa Civic Auditorium
March 8…………… Justin Timberlake Qwest Center
Lamb of God Sokol Auditorium
March 9…………… Take Action Tour: The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Sokol Auditorium
Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights vs. Grand Rapids Civic Audiotrium
March 10………….. Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights vs. Grand Rapids Civic Auditorium
March 16………….. Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights vs. Chicago Civic Auditorium
Omaha Lancers vs. Cedar Rapids Mid America Center
March 17………….. Omaha Lancers vs. Des Moines Mid America Center
Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights vs. Peoria Civic Auditorium
Freestyle Motor Cross Qwest Center
March 21………….. Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights vs. Milwaukee Mid America Center
March 22-25……….2007 Omaha Home and Builder’s Show Qwest Center
March 22………….. Evanescence Mid America Center
March 23-24……….Professional Bull Riding Qwest Center
March 23………….. Omaha Lancers vs. Sioux Falls Mid America Center
March 30………….. Omaha Lancers vs. Des Moines Mid America Center
March 31………….. Eric Clapton Qwest Center
Tilly and the Wall Sokol Auditorium
Omaha Lancers vs. Green Bay Mid America Center
Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights vs. Manitoba Civic Auditorium
April 3…………….. Omaha Lancers vs. Tri-City Mid America Center
Rod Stewart Qwest Center
April 4…………….. Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights vs. Manitoba Civic Auditorium
April 6…………….. Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights vs. San Antonio Civic Auditorium
April 7…………….. Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights vs. Houston Civic Auditorium
April 10…………… Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights vs. San Antonio Civic Auditorium
April 13…………… Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights vs. Peoria Civic Auditorium
Omaha Lancers vs. Sioux City Mid America Center
April 13-15………...Spring Festival - An Arts and Crafts Affair Qwest Center
April 14…………… Omaha Lancers vs. Lincoln Mid America Center
April 22…………… Say Anything Sokol Auditorium
April 28…………… Billy Joel Qwest Center