Dept of Neurology
Penn State Milton S
Hershey Med Center
500 University Drive
Hershey, PA 17033
Email Address: email@example.com
Activity Status: Working
Family Status: Grandchildren
What path has
your career taken since your residency? Include military service, private
practice, academic career, teaching and research accomplishments.
residency, which ended in 1978, 1 completed a stroke fellowship at Hennepin Co. Medical
Center with Milt Ettinger. I then embarked on my 25 year academic career
that has spanned three institutions: Southern Illinois, Wake
Forest, and most recently Chair at Penn State.
My major focus has been neuro-rehabilitation I have
been a modestly productive researcher, a residency and fellowship director, and
have held leadership positions in several national and international
interested in anecdotes and experiences from your residency years.
Include interactions among fellow residents and teaching staff.
Our class was large (8 residents), but close knit. We had a lot of clinical
autonomy, especially at the county hospitals and the VA. I vividly recall
doing my own cerebral arteriograms through direct
carotid puncture in the middle of the night at Hennepin County
would you do it again? What would you change?
Of course, a major
recollection is Dr. Abe Baker. Who could forget rounds with Margaret Clipper,
galvanic stimulation and Margane? Saturday morning
teaching sessions were a source of high anxiety for junior residents, Dr. Baker
holding court and asking them questions, often
regarding neurological minutia. He often would turn around and identify the
poor junior resident, who would struggle in embarrassment. However, by the time
one was a senior resident, one realized that the questions were the same every
year, and most of the answers were in Bing and 1-Taymaker.
Faculty were good teachers, supportive mentors for the
residents and many became friends (or life. Sim Zeese annual party was always an event, mostly because the
food was great, but also to let us know we were appreciated. Our residency
class was mostly married, some with children, and we socialized increasingly as
the years progressed. Chi-Wan Lai hosted several elaborate dinners at Chinese
thoughts regarding the changes in medicine since your residency. In your
opinion, is Neurology positioned well for the future?
Probably the most revolutionary change that has occurred during my career has
been the tremendous advances in neuroimaging
technology. I remember when EMI scans (the first CT scans) arrived on the scene
(remember the Polaroid-style photos pasted in the charts?). Experienced
clinicians who had relied so heavily on their clinical experience couldnít
believe that the EMI scan pictures were correct, and a few simply didnít accept
them for a while. One of the sad consequences of neuro-imaging
and other technology has been the diminished importance of that long-standing
neurological standard the neurological examination, and to some extent, the of neurology.
The other important change during my
career has been the explosion in treatments for neurological disorders. We now
take for granted the treatment of disorders that we could only observe the
history and hope for a good outcome early in my career.