Randy Christensen, MD: Ask Me Why I Hurt

Portrait of Randy Christensen MDRandy Christensen, MD MPH, author of Ask Me Why I Hurt, will be a featured speaker at the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics‘ Fifth Annual Community Service Learning Conference on April 5, 2012.  The Libraries and the Center are encouraging students, faculty and staff to read Ask Me Why I Hurt and participate in group discussions about the book in advance of the author’s visit.

Dr. Christensen is a pediatrician for Phoenix Children’s Hospital who operates the Crews’n Healthmobile, a 38-foot mobile medical unit that goes out into the streets of central Arizona to provide free healthcare services to homeless and at-risk youth, as well as referrals for housing, food, GED, substance abuse, employment, obtaining identification, legal services and health insurance.

Ask Me Why I Hurt is Dr. Christensen’s memoir of his work  caring for society’s throwaway kids—the often-abused, unloved children who live on the streets without access to proper health care, all the while fending off constant threats from thugs, gangs, pimps, and other predators.  You can learn more about the book and author at AskMeWhyIHurt.com, and follow Dr. Christensen on Twitter (@AskMeWhyIHurt).

Ask Me Why I Hurt cover imageWe encourage you to pick up a copy of Ask Me Why I Hurt at the Health Science Center Libraries, the San Antonio Public Library, or your local library.  You can also purchase the book at the campus bookstore, where faculty, staff and students can purchase the book at a 10% discount by showing a Health Science Center badge.

Group discussion opportunities: we hope you will join us for one of the following group discussions of the book:

  • Monday, March 26, 2012:
    • 7pm group discussion at the home of Dr Ruth Berggren.
      To RSVP, contact Jason Vasquez at vasquezja@uthscsa.edu or 210.567.0795.
  • Wednesday, April 4, 2012:
    • Noon-1pm group discussion in the Howe Conference Room (Briscoe Library 5.076) led by Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries.  Feel free to bring your lunch; dessert will be provided.
  • Watch this space for announcements of additional upcoming discussion group opportunities, facilitated by the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics.

Finally, we hope you’ll join us on Thursday, April 5, 2012 for the Community Service Learning Conference, where Dr. Christensen and Julie Watson LPN will speak on “Why do you do what you do? Caring for Underserved Populations.” at 3:35pm.