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Dr Fernandez's Column Archive

June 22, 2016
“I got a feeling there's a miracle due, gonna come true, coming to … UTRGV!” – Stephen Sondheim
How many of you remember the 1957 Broadway musical West Side Story? It was a movie, too, which came out in 1961. This was the second movie I saw in the United States, and the first ever at Radio City Music Hall – an absolutely great movie to see in one of this country’s iconic venues, with fantastic music and this most amazing song with magnificently inspiring lyrics. Read More.

May 23, 2016
“It’s about empowering the individual.” – Hydeia Broadbent
It was a wonderful experience to be able to listen recently to Hydeia’s wise words and compelling story during her visit to UTRGV’s two-day conference, “Healthy Communities: Mental Health, Substance Abuse and HIV Prevention.” Read More.

April 25, 2016
"We must welcome the future, remembering that soon it will be the past; and we must respect the past, remembering that it was once all that was humanly possible." – Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás
Better known as George Santayana, this philosopher and essayist appears to have captured the UTRGV School of Medicine with his words. It certainly was true on a very recent weekend, as we welcomed 47 medical students-to-be and their families to the Edinburg Campus of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley for a mini-orientation, before they formally join us in June for classes. Read More.

March 21, 2016
Get up and make it happen; Stand up, stand up, stand up and take some action;
Gotta get on your feet; Don't stop before it's over; Get on your feet;
The weight is off your shoulder; Get on your feet; Get up, get up and make it happen;
Get on your feet; Stand up, stand up and take some action; Get on your feet

Many of you are just getting back from Spring Break. Did you make the most of your downtime? We typically emerge from a successful break feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world again. We gain perspective on the stressful problems in our lives. We get to relax. And we get a break from our usual routines. Read More.

February 22, 2016
8,000 … 500 … 111 … 2,784 … 246 … 50 What do these numbers have in common?
For the first time, more than 10,000 applications arrived at UTRGV for medical training in the Rio Grande Valley – about 8,000 for our residency programs and 2,700 for acceptance to our School of Medicine. Read More.

January 18, 2016
"Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane. " – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Happy New Year to UTRGV and to all our friends! It’s time to celebrate and chart our course for 2017. So much is happening at the UTRGV School of Medicine as we prepare for the arrival of our charter class of medical students.  Read More.

December 21, 2015
"At Christmas, play and make good cheer, for Christmas comes but once a year." – Thomas Tusser
Does it? Does Christmas come but once a year? Bah, Humbug! I arrived from Cuba in New York City in 1961, right smack in the middle of the so-called “holiday season.” All was abuzz with vendors, roasted chestnuts, ice skating, twinkling trees, hot chocolate and lots of smiles (yes, even hardcore New Yorkers smile this time of year) amidst some tears. Read More.

November 16, 2015
“AIDS can destroy a family if you let it, but luckily for my sister and me, Mom taught us to keep going. Don't give up, be proud of who you are, and never feel sorry for yourself.” – Ryan White
Thanksgiving is a week away and the holidays are nipping at your nose. Between one and the other is World AIDS Day. Read More.

October 19, 2015
"Autumn is the perfect time to take account of what we’ve done, what we didn’t do, and what we’d like to do next year.” – Author Anonymous
I am an autumn person. Having grown up betwixt and between Cuba and New York, this is the time of year that all is fresh. Nothing like the crisp morning air of autumn. Read More.

September 8, 2015
"The Open Road: UTRGV Focused on the Future
A tendency to melancholy, let it be observed, is a misfortune, not a fault. - Abraham Lincoln, September 1841. Read More.

August 24, 2015
"If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward." - Martin Luther King Jr., 1967
It is just days away. As we move forward toward the opening of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, I thought of that quote from Dr. King. The dream is finally here – Aug. 31 is around the corner, and we will be UTRGV. Read More.

July 20, 2015
"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." - Søren Aabye Kierkegaard
Kierkegaard, one of the world’s greatest existentialists perhaps best remembered by his works critical of religion, greatly contributed on the experience of despair as a key to understanding and helping those who are suicidal. Read More.

June 22, 2015
"One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings." - Carl Jung
Words that are a fitting tribute to a man whose work on behalf of the health of the communities of the Rio Grande Valley will not be forgotten. Read More.

May 26, 2015
“Don't give up - You've got a reason to live …” New Radicals Lyrics for ‘You Get What You Give’ (1998)
May is Mental Health Month and I am late with my newsletter – my apologies to all. This year’s theme is key: “B4Stage4: Changing the Way We Think about Mental Health.” Read More.

April 21, 2015
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m possible” Audrey Hepburn
My all-time favorite actress! The American Film Society ranks her among the greatest film legends of all time. Both the BBC and TIME ranked her as the most naturally beautiful woman of all time. I loved her energy, commitment and intellectual prowess. Since 1954, she gave of her time in humanitarian initiatives and is remembered by many in the world not by her roles but by her work in the most disadvantaged communities throughout the world. Read More.

March 30, 2015
“I want to put a ding in the Universe.” - Steve Jobs
What do a Brent’s, a Hopcroft-Karp, and a Mersenne Twister have in common? They are all computational algorithms, but none are as important in the life of a medical student as the algorithm in the big computer in the sky responsible for Match Day. On Match Day, after 4 years of college and 4 years of medical school, students finally find out where they will train as a resident physician for the next 3-7 years depending on the discipline of their choice. Read More.

February 24, 2015
When you come to a fork in the road, take it...
“When I woke up this morning, I dragged a sensor across my head and found my cells at night had gone awry. For some reason, cancerous cells were going amuck on my 120th birthday. I went upstairs and my tri-corder, confirming the findings, simultaneously rid me of my neoplasm in seconds. No one spoke yet I received contented, celebratory statements until I boarded my inflatable starship at ‘Just Read the Instructions’ to start the day with the first of 10 pan-galactic house calls.” Read More.