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Highlighting the Heroes: Stanford University and Harvard Medical School 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:

Medelita Resident Award

Tust Techasith,MD

Stanford University/Stanford, California – Menlo Park, CA
Tust graduated from Harvard Medical School in 2011. He was a model student with excellent academic performance. However, his medical school experience was an incredibly well-rounded one that extended well beyond doing well in classes, rotations, and standardized tests. He served as anatomy and physiology tutor for underclassmen. Tust also played an instrumental part in the rise of the “John Warren Surgical Society” to one of the most successful student-run organizations at Harvard, which provides information and mentor-ship for students interested in surgical specialties. He was also productive in the realm of research, working in a cardiac imaging lab at Massachusetts General Hospital, resulting in multiple national presentations. While doing all of this, he also found time to be a part of an intramural basketball league team which won the championship in 2007-2008. Tust is currently doing his residency in Radiology at Stanford University. His skill sets and personality are a great fit. He is bright and inquisitive, possessing a mind that can handle a lot of information which is a must for radiology, a field that requires a working knowledge of disease processes that all other specialties encounter. He is a great communicator, a trait that is also crucial because of the radiologist’s role as consultants to other specialties. He possesses a positive, can-do attitude which is contagious to his peers and colleagues. He is also good with computers and gadgets, which allows him to be an extremely efficient radiologist. Tust has been the ‘right fit’ in both the field of radiology and Stanford that he was recently elected chief resident by his peers and faculty. Tust had always been drawn to science and believed that a career in medicine will maximize his ability in a way that can benefit the society at large. His belief was confirmed early on in college as he interned at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, TX, observing first hand how physicians are able to affect the lives of patients they encounter. He continues to have the same passion in radiology and hopes to be able to use his skills and knowledge to advance medicine in his home country of Thailand at some point in his career. Tust was uprooted from his home country of Thailand in high school to come and pursue further education in the United States. He had to leave his family, friends, and all he had ever known behind. He has had to take care of himself at a young age, having lived on his own since junior year of high school, a feat hard to imagine a teenager being able to do. It was a big sacrifice for him and his family, who still resides in Thailand to this day. He has overcome many obstacles through hard work and determination to become as successful as he is today. Vote for Tust here. If you know a resident that deserves to be recognized, please nominate your candidate here.