This year, we had our formal event the Crystal Gardens on Navy Pier! It was a beautiful night, from the flashing ferris wheel and dancing water in the gardens to the great food and fun on the dance floor. Students from all four classes were in attendance, as well as much of the staff and faculty. It was a great time to let loose and celebrate with friends and loved ones before we enter into the craziness of our last couple months of school! Check out these students having some spring formal fun!
This year's match day was on March 21st. Fourth years gathered with their loved ones on this important day to find out where and in what specialty they would be completing their residency. They had a fun theme that mirrored The Hunger Games, and their slogan was "District 14: May the Odds be Ever in Your Favor". But they also had a surprise up their sleeve: before the big moment, they delighted their friends and family with a surprise flash mob to "Happy" by Pharrell Williams. Watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaUFW1FZpLw Once 11am hit, they opened their envelopes, and whether it was a moment of joy or sorrow, there is no doubt that these students are about to begin new and exciting adventures all across the country over the next few months.
The M2/M1 Class Boards, MSU, and AMA hosted a panel and discussion on the use of medical marijuana this Thursday, February 6th at 5:30 pm in Tobin Hall.
On January 1, Illinois became the 20th state to legalize medical marijuana. Through this new legislation, doctors in Illinois may prescribe marijuana to treat medical conditions including cancer, lupus, HIV, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, ALS, and residual limb pain, among many others.
Dr. Matthew McCoyd, assistant professor in the Department of Neurology, gave an introduction to the topic of medical marijuana. Then, the panel of experts shed some light on the pros/cons and ethics of medical marijuana prescription. Panelists were Dr. Christopher Holden, Psychiatry, Dr. Matthew Flood, Ophthalmology, Dr. Cheryl Czerlanis, Oncology, Dr. Kayhan Parsi, Bioethics, and Tammy Jacobi, founder of 'Good Intentions', Chicago's first medical marijuana clinic.
This year the MSU Board joined forces with the M1 Class Board to host the First Annual Stritch Student-Faculty Holiday Social on December 4. The event took place in the atrium, which was adorned with a Christmas tree, lights, cocktail tables and poinsettias. Students enjoyed food and drinks while mingling with one another and faculty. The Stritch a Capella group The Lymph Notes performed at the event, drawing the attention of the crowd as their melodious voices filled the atrium. Also at the event, avid bakers put their tastiest holiday treats to a test in a "Cookie-Off." Dr. D took the most votes being declared the Sultan of Sprinkles for his "Bone Skull and Femur Crunch" cookies. All in all, the event was a great success and we look forward to continuing the tradition next year!
This year's dinner was held on November 16 at the Field Museum. The Sword of Loyola was given to Dr. Paul Farmer for his global humanitarian work. The Stritch Medal was given to Dr. Richard Gamelli for years of service as faculty, dean and department chair at Loyola. Many medical students had the privilege of participating in the event by checking in guests. We got to stay and have dinner too! Not a bad substitute for the usual med school diet of free pizza and peanut butter sandwiches.
Dr. Gamelli's award video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32lEZ7QEJkA&feature=youtube_gdata
Dr. Farmer's award video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifltPo45xHg
"If I were to elevate one topic after coming back from Haiti, it is the idea of pain control, of addressing suffering [...] It is a scandal worldwide that we cannot find ways to alleviate the pain from burns and other minor problems that become big ones ... like a fracture. When I was in medical school, I did what every mother said not to do and didn't look both ways when crossing the street and got hit by a car. Fortunately, I was in Cambridge and was able to easily receive medical attention. The idea that the simple problem of pain control has not been brought forward in global health haunts me. This is an enormous problem of equity, and that's what I think Loyola is training young physicians and others to do... to think about social justice." - Paul Farmer, after receiving the Sword of Loyola