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 Chad Evans and Michael Ryan performed equally excellently as James Scholars, but their detailed research is still unpublished in my file.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.
Dr. Ed Wyne:
(Class of 1973 – Retired Physician – Alpine, UT)
My wife and I talked it over and chose to become part of the first class of the Peoria School of Medicine, doing my two years of clerkship there. I anticipated having practicing docs instruct me in a real-world environment, plus it would be cheaper than living in Chicago. I learned about medicine,
its knowledge, skills and conversations. Time was spent observing, questioning and then going to the library to learn more (no electronic resources then!). I had time to talk with patients, learn their story and see the results of therapy. Tying knots was not my expertise so I quickly shifted to internal medicine. Don Rager became my primary mentor with Drs Solovy and Herr and others providing expertise. Throughout my years of practice I have been grateful for the question: “what are the alternative diagnoses?” A 1964 song, “Eve of Destruction”, would seem to fit well now. But I reassure you that great joy is also available. As you carefully treat each patient you will not save each one, but you will use your skill and knowledge to care for each. That service will bring you joy.
Dr. Neha Shah Saraiya:
(Class of 2001 – Pediatrician, Skillman, NJ)
Lucky to do my medical school training in Peoria – also my hometown..So many stellar faculty teachers and mentors — a few that come to mind Dr. Bosch pathology M2/Dr.Lasley who I had the pleasure to do research with / Dr. Rush /Dr.Aiyer and Dr.Graumlich who I also did research with . I chose a career in pediatrics – and enjoyed all my mentors and faculty here / especially Dr. Wise and Dr. Sauder/ Dr. Chatrath and Dr. Lapke/Dr. Rick Pearl/all the Peds cardiologists Drs.Albers/ Dr.Bash-and my father Dr.J.J.Shah My most memorable moment being hooded at graduation by my father in May 2001… I feel lucky to have earned my medical degree from UICOMP.