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    Heart of Europe (including the Passion Play of Oberammergau)

    Tuesday, June 28, 2022, to Saturday, July 9, 2022

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    Rhine Castles & Swiss Alps (including Floriade Expo)

    Monday, August 22, 2022, to Monday, August 29, 2022

Darcy Mainville ’15

Darcy Mainville ’15

Darcy Mainville ’15, Loma Linda University My experience with COVID could be summarized in 2 words: ‘roller coaster’. In the ED, I have had several shifts waiting for the "the COVID tent" to fill with several patients so I could don PPE and go examine them all at once. Most...

Kathleen Valenzuela ’19

Kathleen Valenzuela ’19

Kathleen Valenzuela ’19, Loma Linda University I felt defeated whenever the COVID-19 patients didn’t do well, especially when we gave all that we could give that was medically available at the time.

Brett Schaeffer ’17

Brett Schaeffer ’17

Brett Schaeffer ’17, Loma Linda University The MICU was the ‘bus stop’ for all ICU level of care patients. Everything would come through us and when ‘cleared’ would travel on to the appropriate service (SICU, NMCCS, CCU, etc). Thankfully, many of those patients continued on their journey to the next...

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Alumni Association, School of Medicine of Loma Linda University
Jonathan Villena-Vargas has been on the front lines of the pandemic from its beginning. He is asst. attending cardiothoracic surgeon, New York Presbyterian Hospital and asst. professor of clinical cardiothoracic surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC), Cornell University. He also conducts translational immunotherapy research at WC’s Neuberger Berman Lung Cancer Research Center. “What impressed me about being in the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic at Cornell and NYC was our dedication,” he says. “From doctors to nurses, respiratory therapists, hospital janitors, not one person called in sick. Nurses came out of retirement and served food in the cafeteria. Young nurses, just out of school, took on extra shifts. Brave nurses from other states came to help. New York Philharmonic played virtual concerts in patient rooms. Eager medical students roamed the halls.” After medical school he completed a residency in general surgery at Mount Sinai Health Systems (NYC) and a research fellowship in immuno-oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering; he also completed a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at WCMC. “The most influential mentor I had at LLU was Dr. Leonard Bailey,” he says. “I remember as a third-year medical student assisting in heart transplants, learning about his initial curiosity and research. He saw a problem and worked hard to find a solution, revolutionizing the field. “Attending a Christian University allowed me to treat the whole patient. Medicine at its core is a humble attempt to serve our fellow man. From the first person who extended their hand to help a fallen man to the woman who fed soup to a sick child that wasn’t her own—this is what the medical field is and what being a doctor is all about.” He received the WCMC Dean’s Diversity and Healthcare Disparity Research Award; Outstanding Teaching Award (Albert Einstein School of Medicine); Looking to the Future Scholarship (Soc. of Thoracic Surgery); and the Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Basic Science Research (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Ctr.). Committed to training the next generation of cardiothoracic surgeons, he mentors medical students, researchers, and residents. ... See MoreSee Less
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What happens after a medical mistake is made? Nancy Berlinger, PhD, shares practical, conceptual, theological, and moral implications during her lecture, “After Harm, Truth-telling, Apology, Repair, Forgiveness in Health Care Work." This Jack Provonsha Lectureship took place during the 88th Annual Postgraduate Convention. ... See MoreSee Less
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