Hometown Healers: Bishop Dwenger

Hometown Healers: Bishop Dwenger

September 24, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


Attention students in esteemed alumni! It’s that time of year again: homecoming! grab your pom-poms, batons and yearbooks
and meet us in the common area for a good old fashioned Parkview pep rally to
cheer on a handful of physicians with home-field advantage. Today will visit Bishop Dwenger High School… Go Saints! Hey, Dave.
-Hey how are you doing? Good to see you! Ready to see what’s changed?
-I guess so. Welcome back. Do we go through the visitors or students?
-How about the former student entrance? Well how do we look?
How’s the uniform? Both of you are… let’s see. You’re really out of uniform. What?
-You have to have a solid shirt. What are you talking about?
-Your tie is good. I thought this was- I wore this shirt. Perfect shoes.
Oh, uh oh! And you’re untucked.
-Yikes. Is that a detention or-? You are perfect. You got your Dwenger blue gold on.
You’ve got your khakis. Your shoes are against dress code. unless you get a doctor’s excuse. I’ll probably get a doctor’s excuse.
I’m sure I can come up with one. Can you give him a doctor’s note? It’s nice to come back to Dwenger after all these years. Certainly thingshave changed since I was here but all three of my kids went through Dwenger. Actually my fondest memory was when they announced the top ten of the class
and I was valedictorian. I walked in and immediately noticed that all the same
athletes were on the wall you know all of the same picture that I’ve been
staring at my for years thinking maybe I’ll get up there someday. I guess that was a goal of mine I don’t know I was very you know just competitive. You know had geometry here and English Lit here and chemistry and very nostalgic I
like my time more than I remembered. These are some of my friends here 2005
so gymnastics was really good when the women’s soccer was really good. A lot of last names are the same. You just think that parent, grandparent , child. Oh this is nice. Better than the old rickety bleachers. It’s much brighter. Wow! I remember PE. I remember square dancing. Yeah?
-Line dancing Did you guys do that too?
-We did square dancing. Have you been in the new field?
-No first time. Looks great! Look at this place!
-Looks new.
-Smells new. Look at these guys. What a nice turf field.
Didn’t have that either. I don’t know if I was necessarily like the nerd
type but I had a good a great group of friends. We studied together and played
sports together and we will try to do well. Kind of future focus preparing for
college. I was a good student I did a lot tutoring and I always felt that
teaching something is the best way to affirm your own knowledge of it and if
you can explain it to somebody who’s struggling then you know you understand
the concepts and that’s something that I still use on a daily basis when I
explain medical conditions to patients because I need to be able to anticipate
their questions answer their questions and explain it in a way they can
understand that shows them that I understand what’s going on with them. I knew I want to do something science related but when I went to college I
kind of discerned a little bit more okay I really want to stick you know
my fellow man and kind of see how I can help and I really enjoyed physiology and
some of the human sciences. Ultimately decided to go to medical school probably
halfway through college. I certainly had strong teachers here at
Dwenger with the sciences. Mrs. Moses, Sister Kathleen, Miss Nolan that inspired
me to go in a science-based career. My dad so that could be any kind of doctor
I wanted but I actually didn’t decide to go into medicine until junior senior
year of college. Yeah I only ever knew this is the cafeteria and I’ll be honest it smells the exact same. This brings back a lot of memories what I’m smelling
right but one thing that I did do was I was the designated ice cream cone maker
okay so that meant I got I get to get out of fourth period or whatever ten
minutes early get my lunch done that was my job I think I got paid like two
dollars an hour and I made some pretty good cones I’d
say I got in trouble a lot with the lunch ladies because friends would come
by and they saying that was way too big Jake. I’m like like.. Oh. the important part of Dwenger
was interaction with my peers and it’s those interactions and and that ability
to speak to others and understand their perspectives that’s helped me relate to
patients as a physician. Dwenger helped you focus on that obligation to your
fellow man, fellow woman and not just on the physical level in medicine but a
spiritual level, emotional, psychological level. I’ve always been deeply interested
in getting to know people and their stories and you know not just why did
you come to the hospital but you know what motivates you what’s important to
you and as a hospital medicine doctor I I get to do that through Parkview. I’ve been very blessed I think through Dwenger, Notre Dame and and all my
schooling that there’s good people, good examples, good leaders that help us
learn how to not just focus on the science but really the person.