365 Days Later

Danny, First Year Medical StudentFebruary 14, 2014 – the one year anniversary of my acceptance to the Loma Linda University School of Medicine.

I rifled through my closet trying to find the perfect tie. After all, it was a very special occasion. My family was in town! Once I settled on the perfect tie, I proceeded to the Centennial Complex for family day. There is something fantastic about reuniting with family in person and not over video chat. Why were they here? Let me tell you.

One of the wonderful things about Loma Linda is that they have a special day set aside for your families to get a taste of what we go through on a day-to-day basis. They experience three of our lectures (Physiology, Physical Diagnosis, and Cell Structure & Function). In addition, we get a chance to take them around campus to show them our new state of the art Simulation Center (it’s pretty amazing), Physical Diagnosis lab, and other labs around campus.

At the end of the day, our parents attend a very special Freshman Dedication Ceremony. This year, Pastor Randy Roberts shared a very special message about balance in our lives, and then we received our very own School of Medicine bibles.

All in all, it was a wonderfully fulfilling day. Why? Because it’s a wonderful reminder that at Loma Linda, we’re a part of a family that isn’t just about learning facts, we’re learning to heal in more ways that one – we’re learning how To Make Man Whole.

Family Day 2014

On February 14, 2014 we celebrated Freshman Family Day. Families traveled from across the country and around the world to visit their medical students and graduate students. The evening featured the Dedication service, in which each student was given a Bible and then all the students recited the LLUSM Physician’s oath.

This video follows student bloggers Tiffany and Daniel throughout the day.

Family Day

Janna, First Year Medical Student
Last Friday was Family Day! Students excitedly showed their parents where they have lectures, burrow away to study, dissect cadavers, practice with ultrasound machines, and more.

I felt blessed to be able to sit between my mom and dad during the first lecture of the day by Dr. Chase. My dad was in a fluke skiing accident just the week before. One of his skis got stuck between two trees and he fell onto a thin, icy double black diamond in Mammoth. Sliding down on his back, he went head-first into a tree, shattering his helmet.

By the grace of God and the skilled hands of the ski patrol and hospital personnel, my dad underwent CT scans, an MRI, plain-film x-rays, and a jet evacuation to Reno. Having completed my first section of neuroscience, I had learned terms that I was nowhere near prepared to apply to real people, especially family. Even with a rudimentary knowledge, it was terrifying to know the implications of words like subarachnoid hemorrhage and C6 fractures.

Despite his injuries, my dad insisted on attending Family Day. He woke up at 6 am to put on his suit, so we would not have any excuse not to take him when we left. However, my mom and I (and probably the wearing off of the Norco) convinced him to go home to rest after the first lecture. After sleeping all day, he came back in the evening for the alumni dinner and dedication vespers.

My family thanks God for keeping my dad alive, and his healing hand as my dad is on his way to a slow recovery. Thank you to all who have been praying and are continuing to pray.

If any of you are going skiing or snowboarding, please, please, please wear a helmet. To see a picture of my dad’s helmet, click here: Wear a helmet.

Family Day