Health Sciences Report Spring 2005

A Blast from the Past

Editors of the 1973 issue of the Medicine Man offered incoming medical students a number of tongue-in-cheek tips for impressing their fellow students, and faculty, on the first day of classes.

The ideal student should have "a Sprague-Rappaport or gold-plated Littman stethoscope in your right pocket with the ear pieces protruding. Your name tag is conspicuously placed over the left breast pocket, which should be filled with drug company rulers and numerous pens with multicolored inks. A large briefcase, having the capacity to engulf the phone books of the nation's twelve largest cities, is prominently towed by the right hand.

"Of major importance is the cultivation of proper faculty-student relationships. Terms of endearment, such as Uncle Eddie, Max, George or Lou, should be avoided.

"Finally we must stress refining your ability to make intelligent inquiries. Asking such questions earns you the distinction of being concerned (and awake). One easy guideline to follow is to construct your query so that the length of the question far exceeds the length of any possible answer. At all costs you must avoid inquiring as to the relevance of a given topic.

"Indeed, you may now be considered a principle candidate for that coveted title, Most Likely to Succeed in Academic Medicine"

100 Years of Leadership

Help Health Sciences Report and the School of Medicine Alumni Relations Office identify U of U graduates who have influenced medicine through high-profile leadership positions.

As part of the 100-year anniversary of the School of Medicine, the magazine is working to identify medical school graduates who have become leaders in academic medicine, in public and government sectors, and the nonprofit sector. The information will be compiled in a future issue to illustrate the influence of the school's graduates on the field of medicine. Information must be received by Fri., July 1, 2005.

Specifically, we're looking for medical school graduates from 1944-present who've:

  • Taken leadership positions in academic medicine such as: deans, department chairs, division chiefs, and directors of centers at major universities or teaching hospitals (including the University of Utah);

  • Taken leadership positions in the public or government sector; or

  • Become leaders of major American or international medical organizations.

Contact information

There are a number of ways to submit information:

  1. E-mail:, Alumni Relations.
  2. Alumni Website: visit and click on the Get in Touch link.
  3. Telephone: Mary Jo Harrell: 801-581-8591.
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