Student Awards at Convocation 2014, Kennedy Theater

As Drs. Guerrero and Alicata know, several noteworthy students took away awards at Convocation today.

For our own purposes, in the DoP, several deserve special recognition:

  1. Dr. Kristen Teranishi took two awards.  She shared E.E. Black Community Service Award with Marina Morie, recognizing achievement in medical school as well as commitment to the school and community service through extracurricular work.  She was also the recipient of the Walter F. Char M.D. Prize in Psychiatry , for the student with the best performance in his/her clinical psychiatric clerkship.  Dr. Teranishi was one of 3 co-founders of the Psy-NSIG, the Psychiatry-Neurosciences Interest Group at JABSOM.  She joins DoP as a PGY-1 in July.
  2. The remaining two student co-founders of the Psy-NSIG were also major award recipients.

o   Dr. Sony (That Nam Tran) Ton took the Reddy Award in Pediatrics; and will in fact be entering pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles

o   Dr. Adrian Jacques (Halcyon) Ambrose received the Dean’s Certificate of Distinction, in Social Justice.  Dr. Ambrose will be entering Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s program, the Dartmouth SoM Psychiatric Residency, in New Hampshire.

I was fortunate to speak at the AOA dinner Friday, to announce the graduates’ names on Saturday at UHM  commencement, and to be at the Convocation (including administering the Oath of Office to USAF Captain, Dr. Michelle Lee). So I was able to watch and listen to all of our new, junior colleagues in medicine at JABSOM at the crest of happiness, on the original 20-foot wave.  Few things compare with this.  I promise you that it beats watching professional sports.

(…okay, so I don’t know that much about professional sports.  But Libby does, and makes me watch hockey and UFC.  This was much cheerier, no hurtling projectiles, and no blood loss.  And no evidence of competition.)

Our incoming JABSOM grads are Drs. Andra Takayesu and Kristen Teranishi.  They report excitement.


WFH3 18 MAY 2014

Initial foray into the Blogosphere

Colleagues –

This may take some getting used to. but my original intent in setting this up was to provide three forms of readily-accessible information:

  1. Necessary input and general information to make your life easier in the residency program;  and possibly to make the program run better.
  2.   Reminders of essential information,  such as policy, procedures, and rules  changes.
  3. A rolling journal of observations about the field,  medical education,  and the plight of the residents in general
      If you are not going to go nuts trying to figure out which is which, I suppose that I had better use warning tags to indicate which of the three categories  any comment is going to be.   Sometimes there will be items that are a blend of both general information,  and policy.   Easy enough; I’ll just preface that with , “general information and  policy.”   If the item is just about policy, then, “policy.”


As this is a test entry, and as it is 2030 hrs. (at night) and I am sitting in the medical education building wondering if I will ever finish the other stuff for tomorrow ,  the rest of this will just be ruminative.   That is, a test.  It’ll be interesting to see if any of you have  had a look at the website by the time we get together at 7 AM .I don’t know why I would think that you would…   So here we go:

JOURNAL [test]:

All of the “big questions” in contemporary medicine that you would ask now, cannot yet be answered:

  • Will the electronic health record ever reach true utility?

o   That is, when will the presence of the patient cease to be an impediment to completing the EHR…?

  • What is the fate of medical economics?

o   Will technological advances continue to pull us away from the task of managing large scale, public health needs only to focus more on the arcane and difficult?

o   Will we in America ever cease to see medical care as another limb on the capitalistic tree, a tree that, like it or not, is at the core of American history? It is fortunately a system that is accompanied if not always mitigated by democratic ideals.

  •  Will I be happy?


When I was just a little girl

I asked my mother, “What will I be?

Will I be pretty, will I be rich?”

Here’s what she said to me


“Que Sera, Sera

Whatever will be, will be

The future’s not ours to see

Que Sera, Sera

What will be, will be”


… See you at 0700.

– Bill Haning