Monthly Archives: May 2020

Struggles of a First Year Medical Student


Moving from Chicago to New Orleans was a culture shock. However, the change from my undergraduate university days to medical school proved to be an even bigger challenge. Until then, I had always been, if not first in my class, … Continue reading

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New Orleans Jazz


When I lived in Chicago, one of my friend’s father worked as a bartender at Mr. Kelly’s, the famous Rush Street nightclub known for headlining the big name jazz groups. My friend would occasionally arrange for us to be snuck … Continue reading

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Anatomy Was Gross


The first year of medical school traditionally started with Gross Anatomy, which consisted of a semester during which a team of four medical students were assigned to a cadaver, and tasked with learning its anatomy through a process of guided … Continue reading

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The White Coat Ceremony


Almost all medical schools in the country have a traditional white coat ceremony, the first day of school when incoming students are presented their white coat, which they will wear throughout their careers. The occasion is typically marked by speeches … Continue reading

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In the Beginning – A Medical Student’s Life


To provide housing for its medical students in downtown New Orleans, Tulane purchased the old Jung Hotel on Canal Street, just a two block walk from the medical school, and converted it to one bedroom apartments, each one furnished with … Continue reading

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Chocolate – The All Consuming Passion


For only the second time in its 90 year history, See’s Candy Stores are temporarily closed due to the threat of Covid-19, and the ignorance of those in government who fail to recognize that the making of chocolate IS an … Continue reading

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Memorial Day


We need Memorial Day, not for the “spectacular sales and savings” nor for opportunity to relax over a three day weekend – we need it to remind us that many have died and suffered for us. If we are to … Continue reading

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The Sunshine Bridge and Louisiana Politics


Having lived in Chicago for eight years during the heyday of Mayor J. Daley and his vote-and-vote often machine politics, I should have been better prepared for the politics of Louisiana when I moved to New Orleans in 1968. However, … Continue reading

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68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice — Discover


“Show up. Keep showing up. Somebody successful said: 99% of success is just showing up.” On his 68th birthday, Kevin Kelly shares 68 bits of wisdom. via 68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice — Discover

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New Orleans – City of Many Faces


New Orleans is a city of many faces, steeped in history and traditions, wealthy in stories and legends, frustrating in politics, rife with corruption, outstanding in gastronomy and music, splendid in architecture, soaked in humidity, ablaze with festivities, and filled … Continue reading

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