It is interesting to be a graduate of the Emory EM Program and also work as an attending at the same facilities we have all trained. To see through the new intern’s eyes is always humbling yet exciting. With a bit of unease, they precariously navigate through the same Grady/Emory waters only to come out as EM graduates who hold steady in their beliefs and patient care. It is a fantastic transformation.
Reminiscing on a shift, I will inadvertently say to an intern: well, you know when I was a resident, things were much worse, can you imagine if you had to....fill in your own Gradyism...add a few familiar patient names… discuss that same patient’s vital organ doing something it shouldn’t…throw in a duty hour reference…. and end with, “I made it through fine”. Usually I am met with quite a few puzzled stares and sometimes an eye roll or two that indicates Dr. White really blows things out of proportion. Seriously, the current residents have it much “rougher” than I ever did.
Bringing Us TogetherAs a graduate of the program, I knew the “Emory/Grady” name would potentially carry me across the country. Now, when I hear from my peers, it is readily evident that the name also takes us across the world. We are truly an amazing group from a tremendous program.
So, it was with curiosity that upon graduating from one of the largest EM programs in the country that we did not have an active EM Alumni group. I discussed this with our Chair, Kate Heilpern, and it was after that meeting that the Alumni Group was formed. Unfortunately, I was the only member for quite some time until I could actually get this newsletter out….oh well, I threw some great parties.
The Alumni Newsletter is just one way to bring us back together by showcasing the great things our department is doing. Did you know that Grady uses EPIC? No more dry erase boards and blue cards. Our faculty consists of the current SAEM, CORD, and Chest Pain Center presidents. Grady has a new Neurology ICU and is set to open a state of the art trauma center in the winter.
We want to spotlight local and national meetings, bring you news from the academic front, and highlight alumni opportunities/updates.
Most importantly, we want to hear from you and bring you back to Emory EM.
Melissa White MD. 94C 97PH 05MR
Associate Residency Director
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