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P&S Journal: Fall 1996, Vol.16, No.3
Alumni Weekend.
Dean's Day Program: Inside P&S Today

This is a time of extraordinary ferment in American medicine and nowhere is that ferment more evident than at P&S," said Dean Herbert Pardes in his welcoming remarks at the annual Dean's Day Program May 10. Dr. Pardes proudly reported on the 27 new endowed chairs established in the past five years and an endowment that has topped $460 million. "I know that you take pleasure and pride in the vitality of P&S," he said to visiting alumni. "You really care about this school and that makes all the difference." Decrying the detrimental effects of managed care on physicians' autonomy and the inevitable gap between bottom line management and the needs of research, he challenged P&S alumni to take the lead, to work in alliance with patients "to push back against this new industrial attitude to medicine."

Edward B. Self'36
The program included lively presentations by Drs. Linda Lewis on student affairs, Ronald Drusin'66 on the new curriculum, Glenda Garvey'69 on the medical clerkship, and Herbert Chase on the scope and goals of the new curriculum. Alumni in attendance displayed an active interest in the curricular changes. Given the lowdown on what today's students are learning from Dr. Drusin, associate dean for curricular affairs, and Dr. Chase, course director of the new interdisciplinary course, "Science Basic to the Practice of Medicine," alumni were pleased to note that gross anatomy still merited major attention.

Current students and graduating seniors also gave ample proof of the ferment. Francine Wiest'98 described the student-led initiative to introduce a taste of the clinical experience in the first year. Graduating class president Carl St. Remy, a native of the Bahamas, brought down the house with a hilarious look at such pressing student concerns as "how to make my M's look more assertive yet compassionate in handwritten residency applications." And P&S Club president Sean Bidic gave a lively rundown of the club's spectrum of activities, including the Bard Hall Players, the P&S Musicians' Guild, and the rugby team.

Elizabeth "Libby" and Herbert B. "Bud" Wilcox Jr.'34 and Abbie Knowlton'42 and husband Kenneth T. Calder'44

Regional Reps Roundtable

Following a luncheon in the Faculty Club, visiting regional alumni representatives from around the country conferred on past and future alumni events. Bob Hirsch'56 of Tucson, Ariz., sparked a lively discussion, asking how the committee could recognize and help foster ties to graduates who have since fanned out and put down new professional and family roots in different parts of the country.

Doctors Do It All

From left, panelists Robin Cook'66, Jay Lefkowitch'76, and Burton Lee III'56
One of the day's highlights was an alumni panel discussion titled "Doctors Do it All-Unusual and Exciting Avocations." Panelists were Burton Lee III'56, former White House physician to President Bush; Austin H. Kutscher'77, a cardiologist and mayor of Flemington, N.J.; Jay Lefkowitch'76, professor of clinical pathology at P&S and artist and composer currently working on an opera; Ron Cohen'81, president of a new biotechnology firm; Peter Dans'61, medical movie reviewer; and Robin Cook'66, the noted author of popular medical thrillers.

Apgar Remembered

Alumni Association president John N. Schullinger'55 and pediatrics chairman John M. Driscoll Jr. saluted the valiant efforts of Dr. L. Joseph Butterfield that led to the issuance of a U.S. postage stamp in honor of the late Virginia Apgar'33. Dr. Butterfield, professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado, explained how he had been greatly inspired by his professional association with Dr. Apgar.

In addition to her notable medical achievements, including the development of the Apgar Score, a universally accepted evaluation tool for neonates, Dr. Apgar also was an accomplished luthier. Dr. Butterfield was instrumental in raising funds to purchase two violins, a cello, and a viola Dr. Apgar crafted with her friend, Carleen Hutchins. Ms. Hutchins was present in the audience. Those instruments were officially presented to P&S and harmoniously "broken in" by members of the Apgar Memorial String Quartet, to the tune of Mozart's "Divertimento No. 1."

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