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Media Contact: Kathi Baker 08 March 2007    
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Emory, Morehouse Residents Featured on CNN
Residents from Emory University School of Medicine and Morehouse School of Medicine will be featured in an upcoming documentary that gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of residents at Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital, both on and off duty. 'CNN: Special Investigations Unit -- Grady's Anatomy,' a documentary that follows the lives of three Emory residents, Robin Lowman, MD, Andrea Meinerz, MD, and Luis M. Tumialán, MD, and Morehouse resident, Nii-Daako Darko, DO, MBA, will air on March 24 and 25 at 8pm and 11pm Eastern.

The television drama, Grey's Anatomy, has raised awareness of residency training and the dedication these young doctors have to their patients. If viewers have been wondering 'do residents really do that?' their questions will be answered. This real-life depiction shows the residents in an inner-city hospital, taking care of patients with various degrees of serious illness and trauma, while keeping it all together as they themselves are faced with various degrees of sleep deprivation.

More than 900 residents from Emory and Morehouse rotate through Grady Memorial Hospital each year. The two schools assist the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority and the Grady Health System in providing outstanding health care to residents from Fulton and DeKalb counties in metro Atlanta and, increasingly, throughout Georgia. For the medical schools, Grady also serves as an excellent resource for training the next generation of physicians and improving the health of all Georgians. One of every four physicians in Georgia has received all or some of their training at Grady.

"Viewers of this 'real vs. reel' program will have a first-hand look at how excellent doctors are made," says Thomas J. Lawley, MD, dean of Emory University School of Medicine.

CNN videographers and producers spent three weeks following the residents, day and night, on and off duty. They were filmed doing surgeries, consulting with their attending physicians, caring for patients and dealing with emergencies. Their personal lives are also exposed, showing what they do with what little time they have left for themselves. Each resident will be featured in cinema verité style.

Andrea Meinerz, a first-year neurology resident, is spending the year on an internal medicine rotation. Andrea is an outspoken mid-westerner with a dry sense of humor. She and her husband enjoy bird watching and hiking, and she is as comfortable playing poker as she is singing opera. Her outgoing personality and bedside manner belie her youth.

Nii Darko is a first-year general surgery resident. Nii's parents are immigrants from Ghana, but he was born in New York City and lived there until he was 10. His family later moved to Irvington, NJ, where they still reside. He is followed during his 30-hour shift when he is rounding and assisting critical patients in the ER trauma unit. He is a dedicated surgeon, who works hard while on duty, and enjoys his time off relaxing at monthly dinners and evenings out with his fellow residents.

Robin Lowman is a self-proclaimed 'daddy's girl' from South Carolina. She grew up shadowing her father while he made his hospital rounds. Robin loves to sing and dance and for a short time she lived in New York, recorded her own music, and performed in an Off-Broadway show. Robin is a first-year emergency medicine resident who tackles the fast pace of Grady's ER.

Luis Tumialan, a fifth-year neurosurgery resident and his attending physician, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, will be seen consulting, making rounds and operating. Luis served in the Navy as a Specialist Operations Diving Medical Officer who would augment Navy SEAL platoons on missions in Southeast Asia. Dr. Tumialán will return to finish up his career in the Navy once his residency training is completed. He will be seen pumping iron, giving his baby a bottle and then racing back to Grady to perform brain surgery with Dr. Gupta.

Media Note: If you would like to interview any of the residents who are featured in this documentary, contact one of the media representatives above. Professional photos are available.

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