Name: Barbara Reichert
Where are you from originally? I am from Dayton, Ohio. I grew up there and then went to Ohio State for my undergraduate studies.
Where was your undergraduate institution? I went to Ohio State for my undergraduate studies. I majored in Nutrition with a minor in Business.
Where are you going for your residency and what is your specialty? I am going in to Dermatology. I’m headed to University of Cincinnati for my Preliminary year in Medicine and then up to University Hospitals Case Medical Center for my Dermatology training.
Who was your mentor at the College of Medicine? I was fortunate to work with many outstanding physicians at the College of Medicine, including both faculty and residents. The most influencial person I’ve gotten to know was Dr. Maria Conroy, a Family Medicine physician. She taught my longitudinal clinical skills class, CAPS, my first year of medical school where she passed on not only the foundation of clinical medicine and exam skills but also her excitement for medicine and obvious love of her patients.
I was able to work with Dr. Conroy in her clinic during my Family Medicine clerkship my third year where her overflowing positivity and humble attitude toward her patients showed me the kind of doctor I also want to be.
What made you decide to come to Ohio State? There were many reasons I chose to come to Ohio State for my medical education, including the camaraderie among the students, the support from faculty, and the endless resources available to students here. I have a specific memory, though, that stands out as the moment when I decided these were the best people to teach me how to become the kind of physician I want to be. It was a day I was volunteering at the Information Desk in the Ohio State Medical Center as an undergraduate student. An older woman, short of breath and limping, approached the desk asking for a ride to the Schottenstein Center. She was in town for her grandson’s wrestling meet tand had come to the hospital to visit an ailing friend. Now, she needed to get back to her grandson but was in pain and had no money for a taxi. We found a campus bus that traveled out toward that area. It left her with a somewhat lengthily walk, but it was our best option, so we headed out to the bus stop. The bus sat idling, empty except for the bus driver. After hearing her situation, the driver promptly offered to give her a personal ride to her exact destination. The woman smiled, obviously relieved, and thanked him many times over. These few concerted acts of kindness may seem small, but it represented to me what makes Ohio State such a unique community. There is a sense of pride and responsibility for our actions toward each other and our guests that permeates through everyone wearing the Ohio State logo. There is a camaraderie that erases any barriers that might exist among anyone from the volunteers and staff up to the CEO of the medical center. That humility and humanity is what made me so happy spend another four years at Ohio State learning to be a physician that cares for my patients and also carries on that tradition.
Most memorable moment(s) at Ohio State? Some of my most memorable moments are those quintessential “I can’t believe this is happening” moments of being a medical student. The first was in Anatomy, our first course of medical school, when I opened our cadaver’s skull and held a human brain in my hands. Another was during a robotic surgery case as a Med 3. The patient was asleep on the operating room table, the surgeon was across the room the robot’s console, performing the surgery from there. I was gowned and gloved, squeezed between the robot and the patient, using instruments to keep the surgical site in view for the surgeon, with the robot’s six arms surrounding me from above and on all sides as it reached around me to operate on the patient. It was truly surreal, and a testament to modern technological medicine. Both of these memories, from the oldest Rite of Initiation in Gross Anatomy to the most modern advances, will stay with me the rest of my life.
What does an ideal Sunday look like for you? My ideal Sunday I like to first get up and go to church and spend the day with my family playing with my nieces and nephews. If I could fit it all in one day, I would finish up with some tennis and then a cookout!
Hobbies? Volunteer work? I love to volunteer at the free clinics around Columbus. I love talking with people, hearing their stories, and also doing procedures, so I’ve enjoyed working as a phlebotomist and a physician-in-training seeing patients for in primary care and dermatology. The price of healthcare is an enormous barrier in people’s access to healthcare, particularly in regard to specialists such as dermatologists and to services such as radiology or surgery. Considering the time we’ve spent training to build our skills and foundation of medical knowledge, just a couple hours of our time is invaluable to these people, so it’s the least we can do…not to mention they are amazing, strong people with stories you wouldn’t believe!