The Emetic Chronicles of a Ship Physician-Part 4

Hey All,

Good News! I have really enjoyed the cruise to Alaska this week now that Ralph is gone and my legs have returned home to mama. Bonine and “The Patch” are nowhere to be found but Zofran is hanging around in case I need him.

Glacier Bay was absolutely the most incredible sight. Snow-­capped mountains, the reflection of the sun off pristine, calm waters and the peace and quiet are to die for(and I almost did, thanks to Ralph…). Unfortunately, I was unable to visit Juneau because we had a very ill patient. The lead and second nurses were up all night monitoring the patient and deserved to disembark, so I stayed on the ship. However, I viewed the town from the ship while it was in dock. I was also able to enjoy a couple of the shows on board and partake of the wonderful dinner yesterday evening. We are currently in Sitka and I plan to disembark and take in some of the sights. Tomorrow will be the formal dinner and I will be assigned to a table with some of the passengers. This is part of my duties as a ship officer and I am looking forward to it.

For those of you wondering if I have met anyone the answer is no. The pickings would be great if I was into octogenarians ­which represents about 65% of the passenger demographics. There are some good ­looking crew officers but I don’t eat where I….well, you know.

Today I was asked by the scheduler to stay another week since they don’t have a doc to replace me. I’ve enjoyed the second trip so much that if I didn’t have a previous commitment I would have stayed. Anyway, duty calls. A passenger who hates crowds and ships(go figure)needs me. The conclusion of my saga at sea will be forthcoming….

Until then,

Bon Voyage(and yes, Bon Apetit!) 


Natalie Newman MD

Dr. Natalie Newman is a residency-trained, board-certified emergency physician who has been practicing for over 20 years. She graduated from California State University in Sacramento, California with a degree in Biological Sciences. She then attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio on an Army scholarship. As a graduating senior, Dr. Newman was presented with the Marjorie M. and Henry F. Saunders award for her compassionate care of patients within the family structure. After her graduation, she was accepted into the Emergency Medicine Residency at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York. Upon her graduation, Dr. Newman entered active duty service with the U.S. Army. Her first assignment was at Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. During her stint in the Army, Dr. Newman was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina(formerly Yugoslavia) where she was Chief of the Emergency Department at Eagle Base in Tuzla, Bosnia. She had the honor of serving under the command of Colonel Rhonda Cornum(now a retired brigadier general), a urologist, pilot and former prisoner-of-war during the Persian Gulf War. While in Bosnia, and as the only American female physician in the Balkans at that time, Dr. Newman was assigned as the official physician for Queen Noor of Jordan during a humanitarian visit to a local hospital in Bosnia. After her return home to the U.S., she was promoted to Major and completed the rest of her Army service at Fort Bragg. Dr. Newman subsequently returned to her home state of California. She has worked in rural facilities, community hospitals and trauma centers. She has also served as a ship physician for a major cruise line and also provided physician services at the Coachella/Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California for three years. Dr. Newman participates in public speaking engagements discussing the value of education, of which she is passionate. She continues to practice clinically as a traveling physician. 

  1 comment for “The Emetic Chronicles of a Ship Physician-Part 4

  1. Rick
    August 23, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    Oh, this sounds like dream duty! Especially that it is an Alaskan cruise.
    Alaska is certainly the last frontier. Such a different place.
    Great post, Doctor! Really enjoyed it.

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