The Newsletter for SUNY Downstate
University Hospital of Brooklyn
When runners in the NYC Marathon run out of steam, get dehydrated, pull a ligament, or suffer other injuries, they frequently wind up in the medical tent looking for help. This year, the Downstate/Kings County ER team came out in force, with 11 volunteers led by Mark Silverberg, MD, associate residency director in Emergency Medicine.
Downstate staff have been at the Marathon's finish line for the last four years, although individual members have volunteered more extensively. Dr. Silverberg, for example, has volunteered for the past 11 years. It's an all-day commitment: volunteers arrive at 7:30 am, and usually stay until 3 or 4:00 pm, depending on how the race is going.
"Working at the finish line is exhilarating," says Dr. Silverberg. "As more and more people cross the finish line, the numbers in the medical tent build, and it gets rather busy – and at the peak, it is very, very busy."