Organization: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Personal Biography: Kyle Duff, a former NYSC delegate (CA-2006) and Staph member, is currently a medical student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. After passing a thrilling summer at Camp Pocahontas, Kyle began his great OCE at Stanford University. Believing himself to be sciencey to the core, Kyle was surprised to find his interests shifting ever fuzzier. He ultimately declared in German Studies, although he never bid “Auf Wiedersehen” to medicine. Kyle loves to sing, cook, run, and pun. He would be happy to offer any help he can to hopeful doctors, and he encourages them to consider a course of study off the beaten path.
Directed Study Topic: “The Heart is a Pickled Thing” (Mammalian Heart Dissection and Cardiology)
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, claiming 1 in 4 lives each year. Over three days, delegates will fully dissect a mammalian heart. We will work from the outside inward, exploring the main anatomical and physiological features that relate to coronary artery disease, hypertension, and valve stenosis.