Highlighting the Heroes: University of California Grad Up for $25K

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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Victoria Ward

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital/ Palo Alto California – Palo Alto, CA
Dr. Victoria Ward graduated from the University of California , San Francisco Medical School. Prior to and during medical school, she worked for multiple non-profits and philanthropic foundations, focused primarily on global health, with a particular interest in fighting human trafficking. Victoria has a fantastic knowledge base; she is bright with a wonderful work ethic. Her nominator called her
"one of the most caring and compassionate residents our hospital has ever had. Her follow-through is exceptional."
Victoria has been especially superb on the very intense Gastroenterology and Liver Transplant service. She has taken meticulous care of her patients at all levels– PL1, PL2,and PL3, always going the “extra mile” for her patients. Dr. Ward even contacted the teachers at one 22 year old patient’s junior college to make sure they knew she was in the hospital(The patient did not want the school to know why and Dr. Ward kept that info private). The patient has short bowel syndrome and had lost a lot of weight and required an extensive redo of her parenteral nutrition regimen.The teachers were very helpful and understanding, to the great relief of the patient. Victoria is such a skilled physician that her goal is now to be a hospitalist; she thrives dealing with the most complex cases imaginable. Positive feedback by her faculty caring for those extremely labor intensive and complex patients have fueled her interest in medicine and in her becoming a hospitalist. Victoria made a major sacrifice by delaying medical training while she worked fighting human trafficking. Vote for Victoria here. If you know a resident that deserves to be recognized, please nominate your candidate here.