FAER  |   May 2017
Shoots and Ladders: An Opportunity for Investigation
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Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems / Education / CPD / Infectious Disease / Pediatric Anesthesia / Pharmacology / FAER
FAER   |   May 2017
Shoots and Ladders: An Opportunity for Investigation
ASA Monitor 05 2017, Vol.81, 70-71.
ASA Monitor 05 2017, Vol.81, 70-71.
For as long as I can remember, I have been curious about how things work. As a child, I often took household items apart, like the family phone and my parent’s stereo. I must admit that they did not always go back together exactly as I found them. When I thought about studying medicine, it occurred to me that the human brain may not have the power to disentangle the complexity and beauty of the human body. My brain has not been up to this task, but I’m getting ahead of my story.
I met my first mentor, Dr. Steve George, during my undergraduate education at Amherst College. Dr. George was a biophysicist, now emeritus. His distinguished visage (Google “Steve George Amherst College”) hasn’t changed. Dr. George studied ion channel opening in giant squid axons. I didn’t (and still don’t) understand all of the details, especially those that later led him to explore quantum tunneling. However, I appreciated the sheer joy Dr. George took in discovery. It was infectious. I wanted to experience that myself, but I doubted my ability. However, Dr. George believed in me. He believed that I, too, could undertake a journal of discovery. Despite my doubts, Dr. George’s joy, enthusiasm and quiet but steadfast reassurance focused my interest weaving scientific discovery into my medical career.
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