I came to love the experience of being able to make a difference in peoples lives when they needed help the most. Even helping out with minor emergencies is satisfying.
- Where did you receive your training?
High School-I went to Gateway Regional High School in Woodbury Heights NJ class of 1971 and have been inducted to their personal achievement hall of fame.
College-The Rutgers University Class of 1975, Summa Cum Laude
Med School-University of Maryland Medical School Class of 1980
Residency-Completed Internal Medicine Residency at Union Memorial Hospital Baltimore Maryland in 1983.
Other Education-MBA degree from Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY in 1998
Current Employment-Medical Director Emergency Medicine at Springfield Hospital since 1998 and Medical Director Emergency Medicine MAHHC since 2011.
- How long have you been practicing?
Have been in Emergency Medicine practice for 31 years (since 1983)
- As far as the Vermont 100, what will your experience as a Emergency Medicine doctor bring to the event?
Emergency Medicine practice prepares a Doctor for dealing with almost any type of illness or injury in any age group. A sub-specialty of Emergency Medicine is "Event Medicine". My experience with "Event Medicine" is mostly with being the "Infield Doctor" at the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore Maryland. (WOW, THE Preakness!)
- Do you have plans to implement anything to make this a safer race? What are they?
I will be meeting with the renowned Dr. Hank Glass who has been the Medical Director of this event for some time. I will be taking his lead on how to best keep the racers safe and treat any illness or injuries they may have.
- Can you tell us a little about your background? personal interests? hobbies etc. Are you a mountain biker or ultra runner??
We hope you all join us in thanking Dr. Rick for this interview and be sure to say HI to him at the Race!
We'd also like to take this opportunity to THANK Dr. Hank Glass, chiropractor specializing in Sports Medicine, of Gifford Medical Center for his years of dedication and superb medical care for our runners and volunteers.
Julia Hutchinson O’Brien
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