Dr. Manajyoti Yadav:
(Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, UICOMP)
There is a huge transition when a resident graduates and becomes a faculty member and a teacher. The transition comes with new roles and responsibility which are all very exciting. But one such opportunity just stands out in my memory when my Sub I student asked me for a letter of recommendation, my first such request ever. I had been working with UICOMP for 3 months and enjoying the role as a teacher but I suddenly felt that my responsibilities just graduate to the next level. After years of asking for letters for myself suddenly the roles had reversed. Now I was the one expected to help the next generation of student pursuit their dreams. It was a special feeling! Working with UICOMP over past 7 years has been a lot of fun with plenty of similar opportunities full of joy.
Dr. Alfonse Masi:
UICOMP is special to me because I have spent almost half of my life as a tenured professor of medicine at this quality medical school. I accepted the appointment of Head of Medicine in 1978, because it offered a special opportunity to integrate clinical teaching and epidemiologic research in the musculoskeletal disorders, after an 11-year tenure as Professor and Director of the Connective Tissue Disease Division at University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences. In fact, the increased opportunity to interact with community internists and rheumatologists enriched my teaching and research in the rheumatic diseases.
I was extremely fortunate to be joined by Dr. Muhammad Yunus in 1978 as a second year rheumatology fellow. He brought his unique passion for study of fibromyalgia syndrome and he was supported in his international leadership in this field until his retirement as professor. Dr. Jean C. Aldag was my other long-time colleague who contributed essentially to many of my and Dr. Yunus’ research, being replaced more recently by Dr. Jinma Ren.
A great number of students participated in research, based upon their own James Scholar projects or co-authorship in my research, who can only be named in part. They include Dr. Azeem Rehman and M3 Laura Jorgenson, who co-authored a number of papers. Drs. Chad Evans and Michael Ryan performed equally excellently as James Scholars, but their detailed research is still unpublished in my file. The field of lumbar resting muscle tonus was developed with Dr. Brian Andonian and Bradley University colleague, Dr. Kalyani Nair.
Each one of these outstanding students and colleagues has advanced with distinction in their own careers, and have helped me enormously in my research career.
Dr. Brian Allen:
(Class of 1990 — Surgeon, New London, NC)
30 Years [since graduation]!! Hot damn. Feels pretty good. Some reflections:
- Dr. Alvin Watne teaching that “General Surgeons are blue-collar docs”. In my entire general surgery career, I never forgot that, and it was repeatedly taught to me by experience. We are the Grunts.
- Dr. Erich Loewy (“Zees ees Kritikal!”) passing out reprints of the lecture, “What is a Clinician and What Does He Do?” -Tumulty, 1970. This should be required reading for any aspiring doctor. The penultimate paragraph, “This, as I see it…” is my medical credo. Loewy’s Ethics class was superb.
- Playing frisbee on the lawn! What a great stress-reliever. We were pretty dang good at it, too.
Biggest Medical School in the country, folks (at the time). It was a great education, and I’m proud of my alma mater.