About This Site

The image on this page is an aerial view of the medical complex, as it existed about the time we were in medical school. Al Preucil points out that the apartment building at 2038 Cornell Road, right behind the school of Social Sciences, is gone! According to Al, "Barbara and I lived there for all our married years in Cleveland. There's a lot of newer construction in the old parking lots, so the picture has to be several years later." He thinks the photo was taken sometime between 1964 and 1966. Like our memories, the image has faded into the background. To see a larger version, click here.

We developed this site for the benefit and enjoyment of the WRU Medical School Class of 1960 as it rapidly approaches the fiftieth anniversary of graduation. Many classmates have been in contact over the years but distance and family or practice concerns have separated most of us. College and medical school are special places where unusual hidden bonds are formed. Thoughts commonly return to those places. In this site, we hope to prod memories into recalling one of the most pleasant experiences of our lives.

By now, many members of the class have retired from the active practice of medicine. When I found myself spending as much time trying to keep up as I did actually practicing, I thought it might be time to let go. As one wag once said about retirement from medicine, “Better a year too early than a minute too late.” How does one go from full speed ahead to a dead stop gracefully? The answer is to pull out an old hobby and then ride the hobbyhorse for all its worth.

Advice for current medical students? Certainly, you have much more to learn than we ever did. However, technology has advanced beyond belief so the tools for learning are so much better. About ten years ago, a writer in Scientific American tried to give us some perspective. Paraphrased, "If the airline industry evolved with the same speed as the computer industry, we could fly half way around the world in an hour for fifty cents worth of gasoline in an airplane too small to sit in and when we arrived at our destination it would be cheaper to throw the plane away than to have it serviced and parked overnight." Expect more to come. Thanks to progress, even an old class like ours can share memories almost instantly via the Internet.

Many of us rotated through MGH (Metropolitan General Hospital), now called the Metro Health Center. Thank God for the wonderful service they provide for the underserved. If you visit the outpatient facilities you will find one of the finest electronic record keeping systems in the country. We tend to focus on better diagnostic testing and innovations for treatment and forget that evaluation of the information can be tedious and time consuming. Now, relevent test results can be displayed graphically along with treatments. In other words, custom tailored flow charts can be displayed on the fly in real time. How better to quickly visualize progress of disease and/or effectiveness of treatment? Clinical notes are readable and informative.

The future at our medical school and its teaching hospitals has always been bright and seems to get brighter every day.