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Some of you guys have nothing to do (except wait for med school to start) so I figure once in a while I post something for you to read, discuss, argue, flame, ignore, etc

During the Olympic Winter Games in February, Lawrence Lavine, DO, MPH, of Tacoma, Washington, relocated to Turin, Italy, to treat champion speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno, who suffers from hip and ankle problems. Ohno went on to win the gold medal in the men's 500-meter short-track event. Dr Lavine, who also served as Ohno's personal physician at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, was mentioned in an article posted on on Feb 11.

Vinh X Nguyen, DO who escaped Vietnam on a boat when he was 7, told of his triumph over adversity in an article posted on on Jan 8. A recent graduate of WVSOM in Lewisburg, Dr Nguyen noted that the first time he tried to escape, with his father and a younger brother - he got caught and spent two weeks in jail. About a week after his release, he escaped successfully with a cousin. They spent seven days on a fishing boat with about 140 other people and ended up in Thailand after being chased by "Thai pirates," fishermen who believed that Vietnamese "boat people" tended to carry a lot of gold. Dr Nguyen immigrated to Canada before moving to the United States, first living with a cousin in Florida and then with another cousin in Charleston, WVa. In addition to his dream of becoming a surgeon, Dr Nguyen hopes to be able to bring his immediate family - his parents and siblings, to the United states to live, the article reported.

Source: The DO - March 2006 edition (Volume 47, Number 3)