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ALMA MATTERS


EXTRAORDINARY ALUM Keith Muccino, S.J. MD ’77 • Priest, physician, and educator


Which path to choose? • While a student at the Stritch School of Medicine, Keith Muccino (MD ’77), S.J., found himself attracted to several specialties and so chose to do a “rotating internship” to allow himself more time to decide. When he found himself still unable to choose between internal medicine and emergency medicine he applied to residency positions in each.


A perfect fit • Muccino ultimately matched in internal medicine and completed his residency in Connecti- cut. As he finished that training, the hospital in Pennsylvania where he had done his internship contacted him, seeking a board-certified inter- nist to staff its emergency depart- ment. He took the job, recognizing that an opportunity to be “both” was now presenting itself. Thus began his career path of being, not an “either/or,” but an “and.”


Joy in the moment • “Over the seven years that I did emergency medicine, I was as ‘happy as a clam,’” says the New England-born Muccino. I looked forward to going to work ev- ery day, and no matter how crazy the day, I came home feeling satisfied.”


Callings in conflict • Practicing in a high-intensity environment, Muccino saw the need to find ways to nurture his spirit, so he became involved in his local parish teaching religious education and made an an- nual retreat. Although happy in his work as a physician, he began to feel a call to priesthood. “But it created a dilemma,” says Muccino. “There was no way that I


Keith Muccino (MD ‘77), S.J.


was going to give up medicine! If I was going to make any change in my life it would be to add priesthood to medicine. But it wasn’t clear to me how to create this combination.”


The answer at last • While on his retreat that year, Muccino was intro- duced to a Jesuit priest who was also a physician and suddenly he realized that it could happen. “In becoming a Jesuit, I could be an ‘and,’” he says. “I knew then that there was no looking back.”


A dream fulfilled • Throughout Muccino’s Jesuit formation and seminary training, he remained active in medical practice either as an internist or as an emergency physician. In 2005, he came to work at Loyola.


We need a bigger business card • At Loyola, Muccino has continued his tradition of flourish- ing in more than one role. He is an assistant professor of internal medicine, as well as associate dean for clinical performance.


He is also director of continuing medical education and executive director of Stritch’s Center for Simulation Education. And he just completed his recertification in emergency medicine.


Coming home • “Returning to my alma mater has been the fulfill- ment of a wonderful life-journey. I didn’t know specifically what I was going to be doing when I came here 10 years ago. It didn’t matter, since I knew that I would be happy doing whatever was needed.”


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