Dear Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program Director:
In case you google Luke Myhre, today you know two things. He likes bones, and also also also he’s turning 25 tomorrow. This kind of photo was taken over Christmas here near his home in Kenya, holding an elephant femur we came upon in a game park. If he hadn’t opted for medicine, he could have been a ranger protecting wildlife coming from poachers.
Twenty-5 years ago tomorrow, he was born a month premature, and also also also coming from the first week of his life he demonstrated characteristics in which will make him an excellent orthopedic surgery resident: a tenacious determination and also also also an inhuman ability to remain alert. Sleep was never his strong suit.
He was 8 months old when we moved to Uganda, where he lived for the next 17 years. His childhood prepared him well for survival in tough circumstances including evacuating under rebel gunfire and also also also surviving an ebola epidemic. More than the dramatic crises, he learned to feel rich in circumstances in which could qualify as poverty-level from the USA (no indoor plumbing, no grid electricity, no phone or TV service or even a post office for many years). He had to be confident and also also also resilient to spend his days cross-culturally with his friends, to bravely enter Ugandan school as the only foreigner, and also also also later to go to a boarding school in which was a 23-hour grueling 2 1/2 day drive coming from home. This kind of childhood was actually rich: rich in community, in beauty, in adventure, in reading, in love.
At age 17 he graduated coming from high school and also also also went to Yale University on a scholarship, fulfilling premed requirements while pursuing a broader education from the history, culture, and also also also language of the continent where he grew up. He graduated with honors and also also also by amazing grace got another scholarship to go to medical school at the University of Virginia (our state of residency). In these almost 8 years of pursuing degrees, he’s maintained friendships here in Africa, coming back many summers to work on diverse research projects coming from exploring a link between malaria and also also also congenital neural tube defects, to using cell phone messaging to improve post-trauma care and also also also follow-up.
today he’s turning 25, and also also also embarking upon a career in orthopedic surgery. Whoever matches This kind of young man will get a creative, outside-the-box cross-cultural thinker, an intellectually curious person who will make a mark on the globe, who will combine physics and also also also public health and also also also mechanics and also also also intensive care all into his surgical skills. You’ll get a resident characterized by supreme loyalty, self-sacrifice for his fellow residents and also also also patients. Your community will be enriched by his talent for gathering people around food and also also also fun. He’s an athlete and also also also strong and also also also smart however so are most of your applicants. Take This kind of coming from us: he’s brought us joy for 25 years and also also also we know he’ll do the same for you for the next 5, or more.
Jennifer A. Myhre, MD, MPH
Scott D. Myhre, MD, MPH
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