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Jon L. Cheek, MD

Jon Cheek, LSUS Alum

Participating in the Spartan Race

Volcano surfing down the still-active Cerro Negro in Nicaragua

What I do now:
I am an obstacle course racer who practices anesthesia to fund my habit.

Jon L. Cheek, MD

My work/job consists of:
Putting people to sleep, but more importantly waking them back up. Also making sure the laboring woman is comfortable via an epidural, so she doesn't want to castrate the man responsible for her condition.

How I got to LSUS (or why I chose LSUS):
I chose LSUS for three reasons: the reputation of its pre-med program, the offer of a full scholarship, and the economics/cost.

Fond Memories of LSUS:
Spring Fling and Intramural Sports. 

The pink flamingo golf shirt

LSUS faculty who helped me:
Too many to name. Class sizes were small, especially by my junior and senior year. I felt like I was getting individual attention from all my professors.

How LSUS helped me succeed:
It gave me a solid foundation to be able to continue on through medical school. 

Advice to college-bound students:
You need to quickly learn to balance study time with play time. The temptation upon entering college is to play too much because of new freedoms you have.

Advice to someone who wants to enter my field:
Don't - without serious consideration. Medicine has to be viewed as a religious calling because the personal sacrifices are great.

Tips on choosing a major or career:
Look at what you like to do or someone you admire and see if your talents match up.

My toughest professional challenge:
Remembering that patients are people and not just cases.

My toughest personal challenge:
To be the man my dog thinks I am.

Successes (honors, awards, etc.) in my life:
Successes - being able to participate in medical mission trips. Honors - having someone in the medical field choose me to take care of them or a loved one.

I've learned this from life:
It doesn't matter where they are from, people are basically the same. They want a job they enjoy, to provide for their family, and to leave the world better than how they found it.

What I'd be doing if I had all the time in the world:
Hiking and kayaking. 

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