The student papers of Daniel J. Fink, M.D. are unique among the archival collections of the Miner Library. Although there is abundant material on the curriculum and curricular changes in several of our faculty manuscript collections, there is nothing on undergraduate medical education at Rochester from the student perspective – apart from the Fink papers.
Boxes 1-3 contain material pertaining to Dr. Fink’s pre-clinical years, i.e., 1970/71-1971/72. These files are arranged by course, i.e., Biochemistry, Histology, Physiology, etc., and are remarkable in the scope and condition of the material retained. The course files typically include lecture, laboratory and conference schedules; classroom handouts; corrected quizzes and examinations; handwritten notes taken during lectures or notes from his reading, etc. It would be difficult to imagine a collection of material providing a more complete representation of pre-clinical training than what is retained in the Fink papers.
Box 4 contains second year course material; files pertaining to Dr. Fink’s clerkship and electives in 1972/73 and 1973/74; and four folders of correspondence pertaining to his admission to medical school and subsequent medical training. Box 5 contains miscellaneous files from his student years, including participation in the Student Curriculum Committee and Student-Faculty Committee. There are also several folders in this box from Dr. Fink’s residency in Cincinnati. Box 6 contains carefully maintained appointment calendars for the years 1970-1974; and Boxes 7-8 Dr. Fink's medicine bag and the microscope he used as a student. The Student Papers of Daniel J. Fink, M.D. were received in March 2011 and were processed in April of that year. The Fink papers are contained in eight boxes and occupy four linear feet.
The Education Wing had just been completed when Daniel Fink entered the School of Medicine in 1970
Daniel Fink was born and raised in Newark, N.J. in 1949. After graduating from Weequahic High School, alma mater of novelist Philip Roth, he majored in biology at Yale University. He was a member of Yale’s last all-male class when he graduated in 1970. Dr. Fink then entered the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, receiving his M.D. in 1974. He did his internal medicine residency at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center (1974-77) and was then a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, receiving the M.B.A. from the Wharton School in 1979.
After finishing his training in Philadelphia, Dr. Fink moved to Los Angeles, where he now resides. His career encompassed a number of clinical, administrative, and academic positions until he moved to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in 1995, where he is currently a member of the teaching faculty in internal medicine. Dr. Fink is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.
The new Strong Memorial Hospital was nearing completion in 1973