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Elizabeth Gundersen, MD

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Elizabeth Gundersen, MD, FHM (Educators ’16) is a hospice & palliative medicine physician and Assistant Professor of Clinical Biomedical Science at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University. She is Director of the Geriatrics & Palliative Care Clerkship, Associate Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Rotation in Geriatrics & Palliative Care, and Director of the Ethics Curriculum with additional interests in professional identity formation and student advising. In her free time Elizabeth enjoys skiing, scuba diving, and boating. You can reach her on Twitter (@top_gundersen) or LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/elizabeth-gundersen-md-fhm-455b5117/



The Accidental Academic: Bridging the Gap between Town and Gown

In the Middle Ages, students studying at European universities adopted the practice of wearing long black gowns. Not only did these gowns serve the practical purpose of keeping the students warm as they studied in unheated buildings, they were also a social symbol in that they were unsuited for doing manual labor. The distinctive gowns effectively distinguished students at academic institutions from the rest of the townspeople, giving rise to the phrase “town and gown.” In modern times, town and gown has often been used to reference the unfortunate tensions that can arise between college students and the surrounding community when there is a perceived gap between values and culture. Three years ago, I made my own transition from town to gown when I left my community practice to become faculty at a new medical school. As I simultaneously tried to adapt to academia while my medical school tried to integrate into the surrounding community, I began to reflect on what it means to be ‘academic’ versus ‘non-academic’ and how clinicians of both types interact.


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Vijaya (VJ) Iragavarapu-Charyulu

Town & Gown

Interesting article. I learned a new term, "Town & Gown". You are absolutely correct in transitions and learning new skills. I was... Read More
Monday, 04 December 2017 11:11 PM
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