From Military to Medicine
After serving in the Middle East, veterans Frank Ruiz and Jose Burgos returned home with a new sense of purpose. The first-year medical students hope to improve care for veterans and active military personnel.
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For Dr. Doodnauth Hiraman, MD, medicine is not only a professional calling, it’s an honor. The emergency medicine doctor looks forward to training the next generation of medical students at Quinnipiac.
One of Jennifer Umeugo's childhood role models was her pediatrician. Now a first-year medical student, Umeugo plans to pursue primary care, ideally in a rural or underserved area.
Edward Kobayashi understands the significance of being part of the medical school's inaugural class. "It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," he said. "We are the first-ever class here. That, in itself, is really exciting and I'm humbled to be here."
Lisa O'Rourke was the picture of health, rising at 3 every morning to exercise. That's what made the diagnosis so shocking. "The brain tumor came out of nowhere," said her son Tim.
Stephen K. Wikel spent the better part of 40 years teaching medical and graduate students, performing administrative duties and serving as a laboratory researcher before coming to the School of Medicine.
The Clinical Experience
Learn more about the medical school clinical experience from Dr. Stuart Marcus, president of St. Vincent’s Medical Center, the school’s principal clinical affiliate.
An eye-opening experience in rural India led Sharmila Jai Kumar to study medicine. The first-year medical student is interested in improving nutrition as a means to curb obesity and diabetes.
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Who is Frank H. Netter?
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Quinnipiac's School of Medicine is named for Dr. Frank H. Netter, the noted surgeon and world's most prolific medical illustrator. Beginning in the late 1930s, Dr. Netter began illustrating the entire anatomic and pathologic character of the human body, system by system.
"As a medical illustrator, Dr. Netter provided generations of students with scientific and medical information that was simply not available before his works were widely published," said Dr. Bruce Koeppen, founding dean. A major gift from Barbara and the late Edward Netter made possible this tribute to Edward's first cousin. "Frank was known as 'Medicine's Michelangelo,' creating atlases of the human anatomy that are to this day at the center of medical education throughout the world," said Barbara Netter.