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Highlighting the Heroes: Jefferson Medical College Grad Up for $25K Award

Our H.E.R.O. Award -Honoring Excellent Resident Observations – was launched to highlight the personal sacrifices and educational commitment during a medical resident’s professional adult life.  We realize, considering the fast moving changes in healthcare,  how courageous medical residents are to embark upon a career in medicine with such an uncertain future.  This award is our way of recognizing that courage.

We wanted to take a moment to introduce you to our nominees individually:

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Kanani Titchen

Jefferson/AI duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE – Philadelphia, PA
Kanani is a nontraditional resident in the sense that she had a career (acting) before attending medical school a bit later in life. Since her third year of medical school at Jefferson Medical College, she has developed and grow tremendously. She is also President of  American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA)! Medical School was memorable for Kanani because she was able to learn a tremendous amount about herself in terms of the things for which she is truly passionate. Medical school also offered her the knowledge to start to work on different projects. She is currently working to educate medical professionals about the global problem of human trafficking. Kanani is passionate about helping people who cannot advocate for themselves; pediatrics is therefore a natural fit for her. She works tirelessly to help make the world a bit better. As president of the American Medical Women’s Association, she works to help advance the cause of women’s health and women’s health providers. Jefferson/AI duPont Hospital for Children's residency program is a great fit for Kanani because it offers a busy, full-service children’s hospital in an environment that feels like a family. Kanani has been able to work closely with numerous faculty members, on a number of projects, including her ambitious project to educate healthcare providers nationwide about the problem of human trafficking. Kanani wants to make the world a better place and works tirelessly to do so. Her inspiration for committing to a career in medicine was the death of her father. She saw firsthand how his doctors took care of him throughout his life and helped his family through the difficult events surrounding his death. Kanani left a satisfying career in acting to pursue her dream to be a physician. Not only is returning to medical school difficult from the perspective of returning to formal studying, but this decision greatly impacted her husband as well. When many of her colleagues were setting into leadership roles in their respective careers, she was starting all over (at an older age no less while incurring significant debt). Vote for Kanani here. If you know a resident that deserves to be recognized, please nominate your candidate here.