August 28, 2020

2020 Fall Voices

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Rui Dai

Editor-in-Chief
Rui is a MD/PhD student currently pursing a PhD at Duke University.

Lindsey Chew

Managing Editor
Lindsey is a third year MD/PhD student at Duke University School of Medicine

Megha Gupta

Managing Editor
Megha is a third year medical student at the Duke University School of Medicine

Rosa Yang

Managing Editor
Rosa is third year medical student at Duke University School of Medicine

S. Tammy Hsu, MD

Associate Editor
Tammy is first year resident at the Duke University Medical Center

Sarah Hodges

Associate Editor
Sarah is a fourth year medical student at the Duke University School of Medicine

Norah Karlovich

Associate Editor
Norah is a fourth year medical student at Duke University School of Medicine

Shan McBurney-Lin

Associate Editor
Shan is a fourth year MD/MBA candidate at Duke University School of Medicine.

Thao Nguyen

Associate Editor
Thao is a fourth year medical student at Duke University School of Medicine

Zachary Smothers

Associate Editor
Zachary is a fourth year medical student at Duke University School of Medicine

Devon DiPalma

Associate Editor
Devon is a third year MD/PhD student at Duke University School of Medicine

Austin Ayer

Associate Editor
Austin is a second year medical student at Duke University School of Medicine

Emily Hatheway

Associate Editor
Emily is a second year medical student at Duke University School of Medicine

Kira Panzer

Associate Editor
Kira is a second year medical student at Duke University School of Medicine

Seth Flynn

Associate Editor
Seth is a second year medical student at Duke University School of Medicine

David Ryu

Associate Editor
David is a first year medical student at Duke University School of Medicine

Linda Li

Associate Editor
Linda is a first year medical student at Duke University School of Medicine

Natalie Chou

Associate Editor
Natalie is a sophomore undergraduate at Duke University

Jeffrey Baker, MD PhD

Faculty Advisor
Dr. Jeffrey Baker is a Professor of Pediatrics and Practice of History, and the director of the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities, and History of Medicine.

Brian Quaranta, MD

Faculty Advisor
Dr. Brian Quaranta is an associate professor of radiation oncology, with experience in a wide spectrum of cancers in both curative and palliative situations, with a particular interest in treating prostate and breast cancers.

Sneha Mantri, MD

Faculty Advisor
Dr. Sneha Mantri is an Assistant Professor of Neurology, specializing in movement disorders and has obtained a masters degree in narrative writing.
Racing down the road, I kept assuring myself that “we don’t lose babies anymore to croup” but I could see the terror in my baby’s eyes as she struggled for air. Alerted to our imminent arrival, the ED staff flew into action and the rest is a blur to me. What I do remember is the supportive and professional manner in which we were served and the voice of my doctor. I could surrender my baby into their competent hands because I knew their highest priority was saving her life.
Marissa Happ, LCSW
Assistant Professor of Social Work at Aurora University (IL) and coordinates the Health Care and Gerontology Specializations
Anatomy lab was the part of medical school that really scared me most. Actually the thought of it quintessentially terrified me. The smell and fluid exposure was the tiniest part of that fear. Death scares me. And yes, as a clinician, I’m scared to see someone else die. Yes, people like me can go to medical school. I thought I would faint, throw up, be in the hallway in the first three minutes. In part, it was the idea that I would be there while someone’s mom, daughter, grandmother would be taken apart muscle by muscle. Yet, it was more than this. It was the fact I would be there with what was left. Standing next to an incomplete set of organs, tissues, bones. Parts of a structure that once collectively felt the ultimate stressor. That I would be left wondering at what point a person became the bone in my bone box.
The moaning grew louder as a young woman, age 19, limped into the room. She was covered in blood and black char. Looking confused and horrified, she dropped to her knees, gasped for air, and threw her head back, attempting to scream but nothing came out. The ED nurses raced to her side and quickly escorted her to one of the beds. Just a moment later a young man, age 21, tranquilly shuffled in with nothing on but a pair of charred shorts. His entire body was seared black, as if he had just fallen through a chimney. A smell wafted through the air that was sickly sweet and deeply unpleasant. It hit the back of my throat, eliciting a visceral response in me to move faster, smarter and reach deep for a sense of compassion I had not yet discovered within myself.
Robyn Mical
ABSN Student