George to Treat Diverse Patients in Busy Emergency Rooms
Old Westbury, N.Y. (May 30, 2014) — Gebe George’s upcoming emergency medicine residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital will give him a healthy dose of diversity as he spends time at two hospitals on opposite sides of New York City.
George, a recent graduate of NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine, will serve at both Columbia University Medical Center and across town to the east at Weill Cornell Medical Center.
“New York Presbyterian is a world-renowned institution with two Ivy League medical schools attached to it,” says George, 29, the first osteopathic physician accepted into the emergency medicine residency. “It’s unique in the fact that you get to treat two vastly different patient populations. In terms of New York, being in the city, you’re exposed to a variety of cultures and nationalities. You’re able to interact with a lot of people. I was kind of interested in that – being able to connect with people from all over the world.”
Once George experienced emergency medicine on his third-year rotations, he knew he would pursue it as a specialty.
“I like emergency medicine mainly because I’ll have training in all aspects of medicine – any kind of complaint that comes to me, I’d be able to treat it or stabilize it to some degree,” he said. “I like the fact that I could be a ‘jack of all trades.’”
George has roots in New York but left the city a few years ago to pursue a master’s degree in medical sciences at Boston University after receiving his undergraduate degree at New York University. Following graduation, he returned to New York to work in a cardio-thoracic surgery lab at Columbia before applying to NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine.
At NYITCOM, George participated in two major fundraising activities: the “Movember” mustache-growing fundraiser for men’s health awareness and the St. Baldrick’s fundraiser for childhood cancer. NYITCOM’s St. Baldrick’s team raised $40,000 in two years.
George says he’s looking forward to continuing his education through his residency and beyond.
“This is what I’ve been working toward for a large portion of my life up to this point,” he says. “Finally, I’m here. It’s exciting to get to apply it to real life and with real patients.”
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