Author: Joe Burns

Joe Burns Joe Burns (1 Posts)

Contributing Writer

Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University


Joseph Burns is a member of the Class of 2019 at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University in Miami, FL. He is a native of Orlando, FL and is an alumnus of Stetson University. He is passionate about community engagement, serving as the Art Director of the Mammography Art Initiative and the Community Service Chair for the Pasteur Panther Learning Community. His interests include congenital heart disease and American Indian Health. He hopes to pursue a career in pediatric cardiology.




Gentle Shepherd

A frail elderly gentleman was wheeled in on a stretcher and left alone. His paper-thin skin lay gently across his delicate frame like fine linens. His mouth lay agape. His slightly yellowed sclera framed the piercing gray eyes cast upward at the harsh fluorescent lighting. He didn’t blink. He didn’t cry for help. He awaited the inevitable on a stretcher in a hallway of a fully occupied emergency department. I was confused and scared at the apparent lack of treatment he was receiving. There was no crash cart prepared for him. He wasn’t attached to telemetry. He didn’t have a nasal cannula. He lay in bed alone — in waiting.

Joe Burns Joe Burns (1 Posts)

Contributing Writer

Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University


Joseph Burns is a member of the Class of 2019 at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University in Miami, FL. He is a native of Orlando, FL and is an alumnus of Stetson University. He is passionate about community engagement, serving as the Art Director of the Mammography Art Initiative and the Community Service Chair for the Pasteur Panther Learning Community. His interests include congenital heart disease and American Indian Health. He hopes to pursue a career in pediatric cardiology.