Dr. Pepper. You may be asking yourself, “Why would the first thing Ryan wants to bring to mind be arguably the greatest beverage of all time?” Well my dear reader, while it may be a seemingly silly thing to mention, Dr. Pepper has played an important role in my education as a medical student.
While attending lecture is all about business, here at Loma Linda University we like to throw a little spontaneity into the routine of learning, just for fun. About two weeks ago, one of our professor’s was having a birthday. Dr. Werner has been teaching med students at Loma Linda since 1985, helping more than 4.5 thousand students reach their ultimate goal of a degree in medicine. Today, he currently works as the course director of both pharmacology and pathophyisiology, two classes that are extremely challenging, yet very rewarding. With no exception to our class, he has spent a huge amount of time helping us achieve our potential, whether it be through sharing his wisdom through lecture, meeting with students one-on-one, or taking extra time to create illustrations and animations that help us learn. The class of 2014 thought it might be fun to show our appreciation by throwing a little “party” at the end of one of his lectures.
Here’s where the Dr. Pepper comes in: Dr. Werner loves the taste! He is routinely seen giving one of his lectures while periodically stopping to sip the refreshing beverage. And I can’t argue with the tradition; Dr. Pepper is my absolute favorite thing to drink! Anyways, we based our entire little party on this love of the “23 unique flavors,” and the gesture was greatly appreciated. Because pictures speak much louder then words, following is a montage of the event, captured for your enjoyment! Thanks to my classmate John Shin for providing the pictures!
After receiving an email from our class president, asking for ideas, I remembered back to early in MS1, when I was trying to study cardiac physical diagnosis. Trying to channel Dr. Werner’s knowledge, I sloppily “fixed” my study beverage to reflect someone with more medical knowledge then this so called “Dr. Pepper.”
After remembering the can, I thought it might be cool to see if such an item could become a reality. I got in contact with one of my friends who is a graphic designer, and about a week later, the image in my head became reality! I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!
Looks authentic, doesn’t it? Anyways, the day of the event arrived, and Dr. Werner proceeded to give his lecture. Today we were learning about renal pathophysiology, specifically issues with water balance.
After our mini-presentation, we quickly assembled outside for a group photo:
Here’s a close up shot of the bottle. This was a “practice” bottle that we did not actually give; the wrapper became a little worn in the process of affixing it to the bottle! Those things are a lot harder to put on then you’d think!
One thing that has always impressed me about Loma Linda is how the faculty and staff have shown to be so personable. No our class wasn’t trying to earn extra favor by doing this (nor am I in the blog!), but when a professor is able to connect with a class on this level, you can’t help but be grateful. It’s always been a stereotype or fun joke that professors in med school are out to get you, to shatter your dreams of obtaining that precious MD. While we are pushed to our limits and beyond, I challenge you to find another school out there that cares as much about it’s students’ success as Loma Linda does. It’s just one of the reasons I am grateful to be here!