News at Medicine - June 2014 - Shingles Night 2014

 
Shingles Night 2014
June 3, 2014
Each year the graduating class holds an informal ceremony known as Shingles Night, where new MDs are presented with individual wooden shingles to hang in their office. On May 30 the 33rd anniversary of Shingles Night was celebrated in the main auditorium with emcees Drs. Bill Eaton and Alan Goodridge. Among the highlights of the evening were an address by Dean James Rourke, the valedictory address by Dr. Shannon McCarter, the Oath of Hippocrates led by Dr. William Pryse-Phillips, and the presentation of five awards.
 
Following the opening procession and remarks by the emcees, Dr. Will Stokes, president of the Class of 2014, offered some words of appreciation on behalf of the class. “To our families – your love, guidance, wisdom and support helped us become the adults we are today…. To significant others and closest friends, thank you for putting up with us – we’ve been a pain, we know, but the patience, caring and support you gave us during our late nights, early mornings, always working, always studying only makes us love you more….”


Dr. Stokes also had some words of appreciation for his classmates. “Thank you for alleviating the loneliness I felt during clerkship when you waved to me that time in the hallway. And, above all, thank you for becoming my most cherished friends.”
 
The presentation of individual shingles was done by Dr. Scott Moffatt, assistant dean for student affairs, and Dr. Don McKay, associate dean for undergraduate medical education. 
 
Dr. Don McKay presented Dr. Stephanie Butt with her Shingle.
 
Dr. Elyse Jewer received her Shingle from Dr. Scott Moffatt, right.
 
Following the shingles presentation, Dr. William Pryse-Phillips led the class in reciting the Oath of Hippocrates.

The following awards were presented at Shingles Night. The Dr. D.W. Ingram Award was awarded to Dr. Susan McDonald, who was unable to attend because she was out of town, so her letter to the class was read aloud expressing how thrilled she was to receive this award, which goes to a physician who has provided outstanding clinical teaching, shown interest in students and their well-being and served as a positive role model. 
 
Dr. Rick Cooper received the Silver Orator Award, presented by Dr. Emily Kendall. This award is given to the professor who has provided the finest lectures with respect to content, style, humour and aptness.
 
Dr. Wendy Graham, left, received the Community Physician Teaching Award, presented by Dr. Laura Butler. This award is presented to the rural physician who has provided outstanding teaching and guidance to students during clerkship. Dr. Graham is an associate professor of family medicine located at the Dr. Charles L. LeGrow Health Centre in Port aux Basque.
 
Dr. Jamison Mercer, right, received the Outstanding Intern/Resident Award, presented by Dr. Chris Dwyer. This award is given to the intern/resident who has provided outstanding teaching and guidance to students during their clerkship.
 
The Class of 2014 selected Kathy Murphy, Undergraduate Medical Education, with the Honorary Order of the Killlick. Dr. Jillian Follett presented the award, which is given to the person that has made an outstanding contribution to the graduating class of 2014 above and beyond the call of duty.
 
Dr. Bill Eaton, front, and Dr. Alan Goodridge, emceed Shingles Night with their usual blend of humour and comedy.
 
Dr. Shannon McCarter gave the Valedictory Address to the Class of 2014.

Valedictory Address
 
By Dr. Shannon McCarter
Well team, here we are: this day that seemed absolutely unimaginable just four short years ago. I must say that our class suits up well; definitely a contrast in attire compared to Monday evening. I want to thank you all for coming out tonight to help us celebrate. We would not be sitting here today without your continued love and support. Also, I’d like to give special thanks to the graduation committee for making this last week one to remember.  I have left the remainder of the acknowledgments to my other colleagues tonight for two reasons: our attention span is already starting to wane, and this night is all about us isn’t it?
 
It is an honour to represent the Class of 2014.  When asked to write this speech I thought sure, no problem. That was until the page was blank for about an hour. How do you cram what embodies our class into a short speech? I have already used the words of Vitamin C lyrics Friends Forever at an impromptu speech on our graduation trip. I have read the words of the past valedictorians (they got their stuff together), I consulted Google directly; I even sat in my Power Ranger costume in an attempt to harness the energy that is our class… and then I realized the inspiration is right here in this room. It does not require anything else but the memories of what we, as a class, have shared.  Looking as an outsider, our class was an anomaly. It will be remembered for the amount of blonde highlights and estrogen in one room.  It an alternate universe, that may make an interesting science experiment. But, as an insider, it will be remembered as so much more.  
 
I would be willing to bet my line of credit that everyone can remember the day they received their letters of acceptance four years ago.  Checking the mailbox every twenty minutes, fumbling with the letter opener, rejecting the letter opener immediately and going straight for the money shot – the tear and read. This was the biggest day for most of us, as we had not heard the dreaded words CaRMS up until this point. I remember that day well. Not only did I get the green light for medical school, but my best friend since I could walk was also accepted. Little did I realize that within the next four years I would gain 63 more.  I was with my people: closet type A students that enjoyed organizing and colour coding things as much as I did. 
 
Orientation week seems like a distant blur, a mirage, or a fond dream. It was during that week we figured out who in the class had their sea legs and who enjoyed the magical taste of orange crush. This tradition set the bar for the next four years.  It was here the strong foundation of our class was laid. 
 
Pre-clerkship flew by and somehow time only seemed to accelerate.   Multiple choice and the “cram-write-celebrate” exam cycle, continuously repeating. The boys coming to the Monte Carlo stage to educate on fertilization dressed in a tight revealing white onesie (for more information please see the YouTube video). Who thought that 16 boys could take over a stage like ours did, the club could not even handle them. Our girls took to the stage the following year and eggspanded on this idea. Dance mom and dance dad were so proud. That was also our year to host the event. So in traditional 2014 fashion: go big or go home. So yes, the trapeze artists (including one of our own) were absolutely necessary for the event.
 
Clerkship. That word holds different meanings for everyone in this room. It was here that Memorial unleashed us on society. Clinical skills were put to the test and here you realized patients do not fit the ABCD of multiple choice.  It was during this time that our class tightened their bond and buckled down. St. Clare’s internal medicine rotation was baptism by fire. Nights at the Republic or Pennywell was replaced by USMLE question bank, and sleep was replaced by the sound of the pager. Team, we made it through to the other side, a little more aged and a little less blonde. 
 
I digress for a moment with a story. It was my second week of internal medicine on my first clerkship rotation at St. Clare’s. It had been a particularly hard night, hair disheveled and my head had not yet touched the pillow.  I had my first patient pass away that evening. The other clerk on with me did not ask if I was okay, she knew the answer. Instead, she said, “Take a minute.” She took the chart from my hands and started doing the work for the day. That is 2014 to its core. Where one faltered, the other picked up the slack. That team mentality that exemplifies our class cannot be taught in a classroom. It will be something we will carry throughout our careers.
 
So this is the time I am supposed to use clich├ęs and offer insight into our future paths. I am not going to do that because you each already have what it takes. On every occasion you rise to the challenge and do it is so eloquently. The hoops that we will jump through will continue to get smaller. Our schedules will fill, and the Skype dates and Facebook messages may become fewer and farther between. But the memories and the bond that was created over these past four years will stand the test of time. So today, I want you to take a moment to look how far we have come, and think about the past four years and how each person, each event has added to your life. Enjoy today, because tomorrow will come and we are back going 100 miles an hour on the next adventure - the next chapter of our lives. 
 
I guess it is only fitting to close this speech how it all began: 
 
Dear 2014,
 
It has been quite a ride these past four years,
Stories embellished over a couple of beers.
We finally made it to 2014,
A little more aged but a well-oiled machine.
 
As the years go by and we each find our nook,
Remember you're all MVPs in my book.
Time seemed to pass with a blink of an eye,
Today is a farewell but not a goodbye. 
 
Yours forever,
Shannon