Includes copies of the Duke University School of Medicine's yearbook, the "Aesculapian." Contains portraits of medical and nursing students, photographs of faculty and staff, clubs and organizations, events, and campus buildings. Several volumes include essays on notable events and key figures in the medical center history. Also includes the "Alumni of the Duke University School of Medicine" book. Materials date from 1932 to present.
Contains images and video of Duke Ob/Gyn Resident Dr. Shelun Tsai and Duke Psychiatry Resident Dr. Michael Sun's Zoom wedding during the pandemic.
Submitted to the Duke University Medical Center Archives by Duke Obstetrics & Gynecology Director of Communications & Marketing, Jane Black. Black writes: "Duke Obstetrics and Gynecology residents are accustomed to happy surprises and the joy that often accompanies them. April 11, 2020 was no different, as Duke Ob/Gyn Resident Dr. Shelun Tsai and fiance Dr. Michael Sun, a resident in Duke Psychiatry's program, commemorated what would have been their wedding day during an impromptu ceremony at Duke Birthing Center. Both Dr. Tsai and Dr. Sun are native New Yorkers, and their planned nuptials were postponed due to the coronavirus. Friends and colleagues wanted the day to be special, nonetheless, and found a way to hold the short ceremony and create a memorable moment, bringing a bit of hope and joy to an otherwise stressful time for health care workers. The "wedding party" hurriedly designed a tissue paper bouquet and even decorated a transportation cart adorned with JUST MARRIED signs. Outfitted in a festive paper gown designed by a colleague and donning a face mask as required by Duke Hospital amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Tsai exchanged vows via Zoom with Dr. Sun, joined by Duke Birthing Center staff and employees."
Files types include PDF, JPEG, JPG, MOV, PNG, and TXT. Digital files date to 2020.
This oral history interview was conducted with Dr. Catherine M. Wilfert on August 25, 2006 by Jessica Roseberry as part of the Women in Duke Medicine Oral History Exhibit.
Wilfert discusses family support; her decision to become a physician; her medical degree from Harvard; the atmosphere for women at Harvard; the differences between the Harvard and Duke campuses; scientific collaborations on Duke campus; people in Department of Pediatrics; working with Dr. Rebecca Buckley on Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever cases; practicalities of working in the lab; the welcoming nature of the Duke Pediatrics Department towards women; the names of important women in the medical center; her husband, Dr. Samuel Katz; the direction of Department of Pediatrics under Dr. Katz's leadership; institutional support for the Department of Pediatrics; differences between pediatric medicine and internal (adult) medicine; physicians' reactions to first hearing about AIDS in the 1980s; patients' deaths due to AIDS; Duke's involvement in clinical trials to treat AIDS; Dr. Dani Bolognesi; her own involvement in giving AZT to mothers; the dramatic reduction of newborn AIDS patients due to AZT use by infected mothers; publicity of the initial trial; controversies of the Thailand trial; her personal stand about early international trials with AZT; the entities responsible for international AZT trials; differences between treating patients in the United States and in developing countries; the dramatic decrease in newborn AIDS patients in United States; difficulties of treating AIDS patients in developing countries; the necessity of treating AIDS patients in developing countries, even by imperfect means; her personal passion for the cause of treating AIDS patients in developing countries; her work for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation; her retirement from Duke; the foundational support for her work; the need for financial support in the cause of fighting AIDS; countries on which she focuses the most; her travel schedule; working with national governments of developing countries; the status of pediatric AIDS in the United States; specific cases (not identified by name) that stand out to her; others who are in the fight against AIDS; what Westerners should know about the AIDS struggle in the developing world; dissatisfaction with current system of medical care delivery in the United States; her role as chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases; and interactions with Dr. Katz as chief under his chairmanship. The transcription of this interview was made possible by a grant from the Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation. Includes 2 master CDs, 2 use CDs, and 1 transcript.
Dr. Wicker speaks about her doctorate of adult education; thinking about Duke since leaving due to a restructuring layoff in 2000; her family background; her interest in becoming a nurse; attending Lincoln Hospital School of Nursing; diploma programs as prevalent at the time she received her education; the Lincoln program being available to African-Americans; the creativity within the Lincoln program since it was underfunded; the camaraderie in the program; Duke's involvement in the Lincoln program; working at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro, North Carolina; working towards her master's degree at North Carolina Memorial Hospital; being a black registered nurse [RN] when most other black nurses were licensed practical nurses [LPNs] and most other RNs were white women; physicians noticing her after the white LPNs because she was black; this being the impetus for her to attain her bachelor's degree in nursing; attaining a master's in nursing supervision; approaching Wilma Minnear [director of nursing services at Duke Hospital] in 1973 for a position; teaching at North Carolina Central University for a year; working at Duke as supervisor of the Outpatient Department; being the first African-American nursing supervisor at the hospital; her deep interest in staff development; supervising nurse managers; expectation that the nurse was the handmaiden to the physician; Dr. Wicker as trying to counter that expectation in those whom she supervised; programs she initiated as supervisor of the Outpatient Department; discovering that she had hired two union plants; supervising in the emergency room; a challenging person she supervised in the emergency room; the emergency room as not her area of expertise; Wilma Minnear asking her to be the supervisor of nursing services for Duke Hospital South; her original hesitation at the offer because of her small children at home; the internship program where interns could work with nurses; overlap at times between nursing services and Duke School of Nursing; the restructuring of hospital administration after Wilma Minnear left; Duke Hospital South as having more black nursing administrators and supervisors than Duke Hospital North; rumors of discontent about nurses at Duke Hospital South, and that discontent being trivial; the retreat about the reorganization of Duke Hospital North and South nursing leadership in Williamsburg, Virginia.; being more dictated to than asked for her opinion at the retreat; being asked to choose an assistant, but being told that her decision was not correct; writing a letter after being told that she could not make this decision; black nurses as not being able to obtain positions; a blue ribbon committee looking into this problem; her letter to the blue ribbon committee; her interactions with the blue ribbon committee; her work in creating the Hospital Career Development program; transitioning into a career development role; her excitement in that program; new administration not valuing the program; her being given a pink slip; her processing being given a pink slip after all her years of contribution to Duke; other contributions she had made to Duke; having no contact with Duke until the invitation to participate in the oral history interview; things she has done since leaving Duke; working on the history of Lincoln Hospital project; that project not being completed; changes in nursing; Brenda Nevidjon; wanting to have a conversation with Dr. Ralph Snyderman before leaving but being denied that opportunity; positives and negatives of Duke culture.
The transcription of this interview was made possible by a grant from the Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation.
Dr. McCullough discusses his background; the persons who influenced his decision to go into medicine; his college education at Columbia University; the reputation of Duke University School of Medicine; the relative youth of Duke School of Medicine; his first impressions of campus; the difference between Duke and Columbia; the honor system at Duke University; his close relationship with Elizabeth Swett; Dr. Wilburt Davison; other influential people at Duke; medical student Dr. Alfred Gras's receipt of penicillin while ill at Duke; Dr. Joseph Beard's dog surgery class; being a part of the first accelerated class (due to the war), class 1943D; his family's attempts to defer his military service until after graduation; the V-12 program for medical students; aspects of Duke campus during wartime; differences in requirements for students in the army and the navy; other members of the class of 1943D; his internship in New Jersey following graduation from Duke; naval training after his internship; seeing Duke classmates on a naval ship in the Pacific; social activities at Duke; ingredients in a drink called "Purple Jesus"; the segregated nature of Duke wards; the syphilis clinic; his return to Duke for his fiftieth reunion; changes in campus; his return to Duke in 1947 as an orthopedic resident with Lenox Baker; Leonard Goldner as a fellow resident; compensation as a resident; being sent to Greensboro to assist with polio patients; the Central Carolina Convalescent Hospital; working in Pennsylvania hospital; being called to go to Korea; remaining in the service after the war; his career after the war; his continuing relationship with Drs. Goldner and Baker in his further medical career; personal health issues; his Davison Club membership; and his membership in the Piedmont Orthopedic Society.
Dr. Cummings discusses his background; his family; his education; Bucknell University's library; Duke University School of Medicine; the affordability of Duke University School of Medicine; being married and being a father as a medical student; World War II; the Army specialized training program; his wife Arlene's job working for Dr. Philip Handler; being sent to Yale by Dr. Davison for a year; missing his OB/GYN training because of time spent at Yale; Wilburt and Adala Davison; his scientific interests as a medical student; Dr. David Tillerson Smith's impact; the Public Health Service; Duke University Medical Center Library; many Duke physicians being away during World War II; other classes at Duke University School of Medicine; the differences between Yale and Duke's medical schools; students helping one another at Duke; Dr. Davison's and Dr. Anlyan's appointments to the board of regents of the National Library of Medicine; his career subsequent to graduation from Duke University School of Medicine, including at the National Institute of Health and directorship of the National Library of Medicine; Mrs. Elizabeth Swett; personal interactions with visiting scientist Dr. Arturo Castiglioni; living in Camp Butner; and interactions with Dr. Davison; Dr. Philip Handler.