1. Medical Students Assist On 'Quantum of Solace' Set

    By Devin Zydel on 2008-04-08

    According to a report from the GW Hatchet, residents in George Washington University’s School of Medicine and Health Science’s emergency medicine program had the unusual opportunity to assist during the recent filming of Quantum of Solace.

    The residents worked as physicians to the cast and crew on the 22nd James Bond film, rotating through one-week stints for six weeks during filming in Chile and Panama.

    ‘During the stunts people broke legs and arms,’ said Christopher Lang, an emergency medicine professor who oversaw the residents who worked in Chile. ‘There was dehydration and skin infection. If someone needed further attention, we made sure that the hospitals had the appropriate standard of care and communicated with the doctors.’

    The residents acted as backup to the normally staffd nurses on the 007 production. Professor Raymond Lucas oversaw the medical care in Panama.

    Dr. James D’Orta, chairman and chief executive officer of Consumer Health Services and an adjunct professor of emergency medicine, spent part of his residency at GW. As an interesting bit of Bond trivia, he is also cousin to producer Barbara Broccoli.

    ‘She called me and was concerned about the medical care in Central and South America for her cast and crew,’ D’Orta said. ‘I know about the quality of GW’s emergency medicine program and asked Dr. Shesser, the chair of the department of emergency medicine, if we could use the residents with some faculty backup. He said “yes”.’

    Praising GW’s emergency medicine program, D’Orta said: ‘They reviewed the scenes with action stunts and gave technical advice that averted disaster and prevented serious injury.’

    As a thank you to the faculty and residents who assisted on set, D’Orta’s family has extended them an invitation to a special pre-premiere screening of Quantum of Solace for cast and crewmembers in London later this year.

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