May 25, 2001
Volume XXXIV, No. 21



Medical School hits a home run with event

Photo of student pitching Student Christie Gear pitches the ball during the softball game between the medical students and the Medical School program directors and staff held May 5 on campus.

Photo of Cigarroa Dr. Francisco G. Cigarroa, Health Science Center president, races from his third-base post to catch a fly ball.

Medical students, faculty and staff traded in their scrubs and stethoscopes for baseball bats and gloves for a day at the UTHSC softball field. On May 5, first-year medical students challenged Medical School program directors and staff to a friendly game of softball.

"It's great to take a step back from our busy routines to enjoy the spirit and camaraderie of a sporting event," said Dr. Steven Wartman, dean of the Medical School and executive vice president for academic and health affairs. "There was great spirit on both sides, which certainly went a long way toward enhancing relationships and feelings about the school."

Dr. Jan Wilson, assistant to the medical dean, served as coach.

"Everyone enjoyed themselves," she said. "We got to know each other better and had a great deal of fun in the process."

Dr. Francisco G. Cigarroa, Health Science Center president, was the third baseman for the medical dean's office team. Dr. Leonard Lawrence, professor in the department of psychiatry, was the umpire. The game went into extra innings and ended with the best possible result - a tie.

"We need to remember that academic life, whether as a student or faculty member, involves more than work in the classroom and library," Dr. Wartman said. "Social activities, whether they involve sporting events or other kinds of get-togethers, enhance relationships between faculty and students and lead to better overall professional development. I encourage our students and faculty to get together on a regular basis."