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The Making of a Public Health Physician

Kathleen F. Gensheimer, MD, MPH
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Maine Department of Human Services, Augusta, ME 04333 Requests for Reprints: Kathleen F. Gensheimer, MD, MPH, Division of Disease Control, 157 Capitol Street, State House Station #11, Augusta, ME 04333-0011. Requests for Reprints: Kathleen F. Gensheimer, MD, MPH, Division of Disease Control, 157 Capitol Street, State House Station #11, Augusta, ME 04333-0011.


Copyright ©2004 by the American College of Physicians


Ann Intern Med. 1997;126(10):823-824. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-126-10-199705150-00015
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My husband and I got married the week before match day during our fourth year of medical school. Upon our return from our wedding trip, we were very relieved to discover that we would not only be located within the same city but would also be doing our internships at the same institution. I was starting a postgraduate training program in pediatrics; my husband was doing a rotating internship before going onto a residency in ophthalmology. Unfortunately, our on-call schedule never seemed to coincide; hence, we spent that year following a discordant cycle of one night on, the next night totally exhausted, and the third night trying to gain the physical and emotional stamina to face the following night's trials. Our crock pot worked overtime creating many a dinner. Whoever was home on a given evening hauled its overcooked contents through the streets of Philadelphia to eventually share with the other in some dismal on-call room. For me, the highlight of the year was contracting pertussis and being banned from on-call duty in the neonatal intensive care nursery for several nights. And acquiring hepatitis B from a needlestick exposure gave my husband the time to reupholster our couch and chairs.

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