Email from student to Curtis Allumbaugh, July 20, 2010

By July 20, 2010

On Tue, Jul 20, 2010 at 10:40 PM, [REDACTED] wrote:

Hi Curtis,

I am [REDACTED], a second year who has been placed on the class of 2014’s listserve in order to communicate with you all as the beginning of your medical school career approaches. I commend you on your choice to enter the medical field and your efforts to be sociable with your classmates in the first few days of orientation. However, I’d like to give you a word of caution and advice.

Your messages as of late seem to place a heavy emphasis on alcohol which runs the risk of 1. alienating your classmates who may not drink and 2. portray you in a negative light. Although the class listserve is med student only, there is always a likelihood that what you send can be seen by staff or faculty should they be looking over someone’s shoulder, etc.

Also, keep in mind that you are a professional from the day you start school. Having a party where there is an exorbitant amount of alcohol could lead to someone driving home drunk, the party getting out of control or worse, someone getting hurt. I can tell you that as MS2s, we work and play hard, but we do it responsibly and always in the forefront of our minds we remember what image we are portraying in public and through the messages we send. I’d hate to see any one of you 2014ers get into any trouble right before you start an amazing period of your life.

If this email caught you off guard, I just want to reiterate that I come from a place of concern, not judgement. Best of luck with your get-together and I look forward to meeting you and your classmates in the near future.

Sincerely,

[REDACTED] 

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