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:
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine/Cincinnati – Cincinnati, OH
Lucas Lindsell was an optometrist by education before deciding he wanted to be an eye surgeon; he quit his job and applied for Medical School. He was accepted at the University of Cincinnati
and was able to put himself through medical school with the loving support of his wife and graduated top of his class. Although older and already having some experience in health care, Lucas was always humble, supportive of his peers and very professional.
Luke has always been fascinated by the eye and taking care of patients. His program is in the midwest in a community driven institution that serves the underprivileged population of southern Ohio, northern Kentucky and east Indiana. Luke understands the community and patients, and he is caring and supportive of them.
His work at the VA Medical Center in Cincinnati got him exposed to the medical students and faculty at University of Cincinnati. His daily work, especially with veterans that have diabetes, made him realize he would like to care for them in a more comprehensive way. That is how he realized he had to go back to school and train for another 10 years to become a vitreoretinal surgeon.
Lucas had to be supported by his wife, and gave up his financial independence and time with his family to be able to go back to school. He still has 2 and a half years to go but still displays the same passion and determination he had in Medical School.
Vote for Lucas here.
If you know a resident that deserves to be recognized, please nominate your candidate here.