'Be the Change' is theme for 66th Stritch celebration of St. Luke

News Archive October 25, 2013

'Be the Change' is theme for 66th Stritch celebration of St. Luke

Maywood, Ill. – Nearly 80 Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine students, faculty, and staff gathered in the atrium of the Stritch School of Medicine Oct. 16, 2013 for the school’s 66th St. Luke Celebration, “Be the Change You Wish To See in the World,” in honor of the patron saint of physicians.

The event opened with welcome remarks from Michael Koller, MD, assistant dean, Office of Educational Affairs, Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, followed by an invocation by Pauline Villapando, MA, chaplain, University Ministry, Loyola University Chicago.

Speaking via a recorded video, Linda Brubaker, MD, MS, dean and chief diversity officer, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, encouraged medical students to “reflect on our role in health care, especially how our vocation serves others.” Speaker presentations by alumni and fourth-year medical students followed.

Alumna Amy Blair, MD, director, Loyola University Chicago Center for Community and Global Health, shared her service immersion experiences where she witnessed the effects of unequal distribution of resources and the resulting poverty in the Dominican Republic. These experiences changed her world view. She challenged medical students to, in the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “Be the change you wish to see attributed to the world.”

Next, alumnus Jude Dumfeh, MD, physician, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, gave a talk about personal responsibility and ownership to solve problems that medical students face as physicians. “If you get the man or woman right, you get the world right, too,” said Dumfeh.

Following Dumfeh, fourth-year medical student Rozana Asfour shared a personal experience of understanding the vulnerability and fear when faced with helping her father make a decision about his treatment for a heart condition. She explained how physicians can be a source of relief for families when they are vulnerable and afraid. Her wish is that physicians “listen better to the human beings who rely on us.”

Fourth-year medical student James Grace spoke about his experiences between his undergraduate education and medical school, when he took time out to do service immersion in an orphanage in Honduras. At a pivotal point in his life, he was deciding between pursuing medicine and teaching. He described his experiences in Honduras as being his most formative and “where all the pieces came together” and leading him to medical school.

Other St. Luke events included Mass followed by lunch on Oct. 17 and the annual dinner dance at Dave & Buster’s in Chicago on Oct. 18.

The Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Division (HSD) advances interprofessional, multidisciplinary, and transformative education and research while promoting service to others through stewardship of scientific knowledge and preparation of tomorrow's leaders. The HSD is located on the Health Sciences Campus in Maywood, Illinois. It includes the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, the Stritch School of Medicine, the biomedical research programs of the Graduate School, and several other institutes and centers encouraging new research and interprofessional education opportunities across all of Loyola University Chicago. The faculty and staff of the HSD bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, and a strong commitment to seeing that Loyola's health sciences continue to excel and exceed the standard for academic and research excellence. For more on the HSD, visit LUC.edu/hsd.
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