Memorable Med School Memories
- Half-dozing in Dr. Witebsky’s class. He questioned me and
I told him I worked nights at the Statler Hotel (he nodded and told
me to stay awake).
- Anatomy class with O.P. Jones—everyone was warned about
- The lecture hall in the old High Street medical building.
- Buffalo snow. Graduating; Erwin Neter. Comic Relief during O.
Q & A sessions—Question: “Describe the Papilla of
Vater.” Answer: “Just a run-of-the-hill
- Dr. Oliver P. Jones: he began shaping us into professionals.
First day drawing blood, the patient in the next bed says,
“Ow, ow—geez, Doc, why don’t you practice this?
And then I hear Art Beck, ’57, say, ‘I am
- Graduation! O.P. Jones and Saturday morning anatomy quizzes.
Jokes in anatomy lab.
- Taking my first anatomy quiz with Dr. Lee: I missed almost
every question. I thought, “Oh great, I’m going to
flunk out of med school.” Leaving the VA early during in the
January ’73 blizzard and my windshield wipers snapping
- Making “acute inflammation” into a skit/dance and
David Kurss directing us! Going to the ballet with Cheryl Cochrane.
Dancing at Mr. Goodbar. Mohammed Halabi walking to the front of a
psych lecture, nudging Dr. Robin aside and announcing that he was
taking our class hostage. The professor of biochemistry excitedly
explaining the origin of proteins to life and drawing the equations
on the blackboard, saying “It seems impossible. You almost
want to say, ‘Don’t do it, and then,
Bamo!’” Basic Science could be exciting!
- As an older student holding a doctorate in anatomy, I had the
honor of teaching anatomical sciences to my own classmates, which
was outright fun. They make me smile to this day: Day
1—Gross Anatomy, and Dr. Severin jumping up on a desk to
demonstrate anatomic position. (I still sometimes picture that in
my day-to-day work). Breaking the driving ban after a big snow to
go to Duff’s for wings. Parties at the end of the first-and
second-year exam blocks! Singing in the Dermatones. Skiing in
Ellicottville. The Anchor Bar.
- I always loved the Follies.
- ‘Block’ exams were thrilling. Talent shows.
Christian Medical and Dental Society meetings. Playing at Chuck E.
Cheese with Angela Camasto and the gang.
- There are so many!—After-block parties. Follies.
Formal/semi-formal dances. Working on the yearbook; White Coat
Ceremony. The group trip to Florida.