DOs DOing More

DO’s Doing More            

You are more than a physician. You are volunteers, coaches, teachers, and community leaders. You have hobbies, you have families, you have stories. Share your stories, share your interests.

DO’s DOing More is a community initiative to share your stories, your likes, your interests to create more collegiality among our members. If you have a hobby, or activity you would like to share please contact Jason Leeper, [email protected].

Give, Go, and DO

Juggling Life as an Internist, Weekend Hospitalist, and Soccer Dad

The life of an internal medicine specialist who also works as a weekend hospitalist for a small community hospital in rural western Pennsylvania in itself is very busy. But what if that internist also is a father of five children ranging in age from 10 to 18 years and shares their passion for soccer? That’s a game changer!

DOs Doing More Dr. Graeca and sonSteve Graeca, DO has coached soccer at all levels ranging from peewee to high school varsity. When his oldest daughter, now pre-med student Meghan, was four years old, he began his coaching career. As Meghan moved up in the ranks and levels, so did coach Steve, on the field with her through her high school varsity season. He has coached all his children, including twins Nicholas and Alexander (16), Emily (13) and Lauren (10).

Steve has cut back his full time coaching this past year to drive his two children Nicholas and Emily to elite level soccer in Pittsburgh (2 hours away). They both compete for elite Cup teams (US club soccer and US youth soccer) traveling to play matches in the mid-west and on the east coast of the United States. They also play for the PA West Olympic Development Program (ODP) which has afforded them great opportunities. Nicholas has traveled to Germany, Scotland, and most recently Italy as part of a super elite selected team. Emily has played on national ID teams most recently in Florida. The ultimate “soccer dad” continues to find time to help coach his youngest Lauren at U10 travel team locally, in addition to coaching Emily on the middle school team.

Steve travels with his children as they compete in the Pennsylvania West State Soccer Association (PA West Soccer), US club soccer and USYS soccer associations. PA West Soccer contributes to the development of Olympians and professional soccer players. He travels nearly every weekend in the fall and spring when not on call for his hospitalist job. Although a huge time commitment, Steve states he loves every moment!

When not racking up the frequent flier miles, Dr. Graeca and his wife Jen live in DuBois, PA. What we really want to know, though, Steve, where do you keep your vuvuzela?

So, what do YOU DO?
 

OMM on the Battlefield:  My experience as an Army Reserve-Medical Officer

Jonathan Oline, DO; Colonel Jonathan Oline, medical officer in the Army Reserve; or Volunteer Fireman, Jonathan Oline is truly a “DO Doing More.” In 2007-2008, Dr. Oline deployed to a combat zone in Mosul, Iraq while the U.S. surge was going forth in northern Iraq. There he performed emergency resuscitative care while working at the 86th Combat Support Hospital (CSH) serving with the 44th Medical Brigade, Airborne. His most recent deployment in 2018 was Camp Arifjan in Kuwait with the 452nd Combat Support Hospital (CSH).

The daily life in Camp Arifjan could never be called a walk in the park. With the afternoon temperature rising to 115 degrees and the stress and tension levels are at a constant high in a “hazardous zone.” It is hard to even fathom what it takes to mentally and physically prepare deploy to an area like this.  His primary responsibly was a Flight Surgeon who does the flight physicals for the army helicopter pilots and crew members. It required 24/7 duty to work closely with the Medical Regulating Officer (MRO) to clear all soldiers for MEDEVAC transportation out of theater. A large volume of primary care was done at the Military Treatment Center (MTC) where service members from all branches of the military were treated, as well as service members from multiple coalition countries and civilian contractors. Dr. Oline personally saw over 500 patients in a three-month period. 

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A Bridge to U.S Healthcare: A PCOM Student Traverses the Journey

By Brett Lipetz, MS4

Cancer not only affects individuals but also affects families and loved ones, as well. The process can be extremely difficult, with immense challenges for all involved.

During the past year, I have been involved in the volunteer role as a medical consultor to the American Medical Concierge Services (AMCSCare), an international oriented healthcare organization. AMCSCare is committed to providing the critical assistance necessary for international patients, in order for them to be able to navigate and traverse the complex procedures involved in seeking and receiving medical treatment in the United States. These procedures include, but are not confined to securing and organizing comprehensive international patient reports for the various U.S. hospitals involved; as well as securing visa, transportation and housing services for those who may be accompanying the patient to the U.S. The AMCSCare Team aims to elevate the level of care offered to international patients, creating a global standard of excellence in culturally sensitive care with a particular focus on wellness, compassion, and respect.

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ChesCo Search Dogs

Lisa Parviskhan, DO, is part of a team as a family physician at Penn Primary Care and Integrative Medicine Whiteland in Exton, PA but in her spare time, she and her German Sheppard Jessie are a team all their own. They are more than companions, they are helpers and heroes. Dr. Parviskhan and Jessie are a part of the volunteer-run non-profit called ChesCo Search Dogs.  ChesCo, founded in 2014, provides professional and highly skilled searchers and K-9 resources to law enforcement agencies, fire departments and all state and national agencies at no cost 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The team assists in missing and lost persons, and human remains detection and includes 15-20 members.

Dr. Parviskhan discovered ChesCo Search Dogs when she was searching online for volunteer opportunities. She was looking for something that would allow her to spend more time in nature and help others. When she discovered this group, she knew right away that it was exactly what she was looking for and allowed her to indulge her love of dogs. Additionally, she gets to spend quality time with her own dog, Jessie, a German Shepard, and watch her work which is an amazing experience. 

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