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Highlighting the Heroes: St. Georges University 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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Mariah Smith

Metropolitan Hospital Psychiatry – Tucson, AZ
Mariah graduated from St. Georges University recently and began her psychiatry residency. Medical school was made memorable by the environment in which she strove to accomplish this amazing feat. Mariah went to medical school on the small island of Grenada where she was able to gain an excellent understanding of medicine while also learning about healthcare in an under-served area of the world. It allowed her to build a better cache of medical knowledge and made her the excellent physician she is today. Mariah's residency program is the right fit for her because she has the capabilities, interests and fortitude of a psychiatrist. Mariah loves to speak with her patients and always seeks ways to improve their lives without simply turning automatically to medications. Mariah chose to build a career in medicine because it has been her lifelong dream; she could not imagine doing anything else with her life. Mariah sacrificed her health to gain her MD: during medical school it was discovered that she had Celiac disease during medical school. Instead of giving up and retreating back home, she pushed through nights of pain and sickness to complete medical school. Vote for Mariah here. If you know a resident that deserves to be recognized, please nominate your candidate here.