Goldfrank’s Corner

Jun232017

Thoughts to EM Graduates 2017 – Lewis Goldfrank, MD

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June marks graduation for thousands of medical residents around the country. This is a special time for residents and educators alike as it marks a major transition point. It’s a good time to reflect on who we are, what we do and, where we are going. Every year, Dr. Lewis Goldfrank gives an address to the residents, their families and the staff of the NYU/Bellevue Emergency Departments. It is as much a moment of reflection as a call to action. Below are his thoughts.

Lewis R. Goldfrank, MD

(June 19, 2017)

Opening Thoughts
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Oct072016

End of Shift

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“And in the naked light I saw

Ten thousand people, maybe more

People talking without speaking

People hearing without listening.”

Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel

There’s a small park on the other side of First Avenue across from Bellevue. To those that work here, it’s rather well known. I’ve often found myself walking home through this park at the break of dawn after an overnight shift in the Emergency Department. With the morning light showering the pavement, I’ve had to saunter quietly through this square block of outdoor refuge, home to some our most familiar patients – some of whom I would discharge just a couple hours prior. Though I typically attempt to tread lightly so as to not waken them, I needn’t worry for there seems to be an unspoken agreement – they are not to engage me and I am not to bother them.
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Jun302015

Chairman’s Corner – Thoughts to EM Graduates 2015

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Good evening graduates, friends, family, faculty and staff

This is a critical time for healthcare in public hospitals and universities.
We live by the creed of Emma Lazarus (1849—1887)

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door.
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Jun162015

Chairman’s Corner – Welcome to Core EM

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I am very enthusiastic about the development of the NYU/Bellevue Core Emergency Medicine Project. The discussions, sharing of knowledge, and explorations of innovative ways to learn, teach and practice medicine will be great assets for us all in meeting our professional needs. I have great confidence in Anand Swaminathan’s creative and intellectual skills to offer us the best in this medical experience. I would like to offer “a word” or actually several thoughts of caution as we continue to offer you so many ways of communication.

I so often see our students, residents, nurses and faculty in front of a screen—blinking or signaling us to act on behalf of Verghese’s “iPatient” while the actual patient calls unsuccessfully for assistance with a very human voice. When I see so many thoughtful people with earphones on in the street, snapping and sharing photographs or fixed in front of computer screens in the hospital,
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