Nominee: Brent Parris, MD
Nominated by: Sabrina Taldone, MD, MBA
Supervisor of Nominee: Toni Eyssallenne, MD
Institution: Jackson Memorial Hospital and University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Dr. Brent Parris, one of our Medicine-Pediatrics PGY-4 residents demonstrated care and compassion during his MICU (medical intensive care unit) rotation. The ER presented a 22-year-old patient* to the MICU for admission for Diabetic Ketoacidosis. The patient told Brent that she moved to Miami 3 weeks ago from Philadelphia after the death of her parents. She was staying with an older male “friend” who she met on the bus from Philadelphia. Brent thought that the patient did not appear her stated age and was suspicious and a bit worried about the details she provided regarding her social history. He searched the rather large Philadelphia database for missing children and discovered that the patient was actually a 16-year-old runaway who had given registration a fake name and birth date. He was able to get her admission changed from the MICU to the PICU (pediatric intensive care unit) and his actions potentially saved this patient from a life on the streets of Miami. I am so grateful for the privilege to train such a humanistic and thoughtful individual.
*Details have been changed to protect the identity of the patient
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