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RUSM student Edwin “Ned” Palmer matches in Medicine-Pediatrics program at University of Cincinnati

March 21, 2014

Edwin “Ned” Palmer, on track to graduate from RUSM with the class of 2014 and begin a MedPeds residency program at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, is interested in a specialty that serves patients who have never existed before. They are people with developmental problems, and pediatric diseases who are surviving into adulthood thanks to advances in medicine during the past two decades, he explained. “It’s a fascinating area of medicine called transitional care, for an underserved patient population with looming diagnoses from childhood,” Palmer said.

Palmer, a native of Michigan, who earned his undergraduate degree from McGill University in Canada, found the tropical Dominica campus of RUSM “stunningly beautiful, geographically.” But, he said, there was also “asymmetrical distribution of resources in medicine” in the developing country, creating conditions that “we had in the U.S. 40 years ago.” Still, he noted, “You can go to areas in the U.S. that are just as poorly served.”

Always interested in “travel and exploration,” Palmer chose to do an elective in the Himalayas, where he was part of a team “providing primary care for several regions in Northern India,” he said. “We’d go into areas that were geographically isolated, set up full-service clinics, with a pharmacy, and hundreds of patients would come. They were subsistence farmers who had little to no transportation and many walked in.”

Palmer’s global experience with an incredibly diverse population has led him to an awareness that, “There’s a flexibility to human expectation. There’s an understanding that at any moment, anything can go wrong.”

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