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:
Mayo Clinic, Rochester – Rochester, MN
Dr. O’Reilly’s experience in medical school at Georgetown exposed her to a wide swath of humanity; she cared for both patients who had been afforded every privilege and were highly educated, and those with nothing, in desperate need of her care.
Ashley O’Reilly is a perfect fit for Mayo Otolaryngology. She has the smarts and clinical acumen befitting a high volume academic center like this one, and the bedside manner and consideration of a true Midwesterner (Minnesota-nice by birth).
Dr. O’Reilly spent several months touring through and performing service in Southeast Asia, immersing herself in the cultures and personalities she encountered there. That experience gave her a sense of the scope of the world and of the suffering in it. She better understands the enormous need for people who want to help reduce that suffering, and felt she could do that best in medicine.
Dr. O’Reilly has followed her passion all over the country, incurring significant debt and leaving her home for extended periods of time, in order to obtain the education that she felt would best equip her to be the surgeon she could be. She has had to structure her own family planning around the vagaries of residency training, and has done so with aplomb.
If you know a resident that deserves to be recognized, please nominate your candidate here.