EM docs are often notorious for having a variety of pursuits and hobbies outside of medicine: Our chairman has his own vineyard. One particular faculty seemingly goes on expedition across the globe every other week (He and a resident are in Uganda right now!).
And then there is 2nd year resident, Paul Travis.
Coming out of Colorado, Dr Travis made known his lofty goal to be able to ranch and raise cattle while in residency. Now, it doesn’t take but a good 30 minutes driving outside of Omaha to get up close and personal with some variety of hooved animals, crops, (insert-nebraska-stereotype-here), etc, but to run the show as a resident grinding through Trauma, Neurosurgery, and ICU rotations takes a great deal of motivation… and, occasionally, a little help from your friends.
For those of you out-of-the-know on such matters (many of us were too), there comes a time in every young calf’s life where it must be separated from the adults, given its vaccines, branded, and, for the boys, have some adjustments made to its procreating ability. This process often requires the aid, coordination, and brawn of multiple helpers. With the lure of excellent food, customized koozies, and an experience to remember– a number of Paul’s family and friends from home, any EM resident not on shift, and even a cardiology fellow got their boots muddied up in the “Alfred Krogh Cattle Branding of 2013” earlier this summer.
**Disclaimer: Omaha is indeed a city, with more than enough urban conveniences, events, people, and trauma to consider itself as such. It would be foolish, however, to deny our place as the major tertiary care center for a large part of ‘cornhusker-country’, with its humble, hard-working, rural roots. Yet another reason why UNMC EM is a ‘cut’ above the rest.