University of Arizona pediatric medical interns and residents work long hours during their three years of residency—typically 80-hour work weeks or more. It is demanding, exhausting, yet highly rewarding work.
Even with her busy schedule, UA pediatric resident Jamie Hoffman, MD, recently completed the “Holualoa Tour of the Tucson Mountains,” and raised $1,150 for the Children’s Center at The University of Arizona Medical Center – South Campus.
Dr. Hoffman was the top fundraiser and was awarded a Conquistador Trophy for her accomplishment. “I like helping people—especially kids—so fundraising for the pediatric clinic was a good way for me to give back,” she said.
The proceeds will support the pediatric clinic’s “bike fund,” which provides funds to purchase:
· Medicines that patients can’t afford
· Medical equipment (for example, asthma medication equipment)
· Books for the Reach Out and Read program
· Toothbrushes and pedometers for patients participating in the “Summer Olympics Program”
Dr. Hoffman is a third-year resident and has worked at the South Campus’ Children’s Center every year of her residency. “Every year, residents and physicians from the South Campus Children’s Center volunteer at the kids’ fun ride at the Tour of the Tucson Mountains bike ride,” says Dr. Hoffman. “This year, I started riding my bike more often and decided to participate in the race if I could turn it into a fundraiser. I collected funds from friends, family and colleagues.”
She completed the 27-mile ride in 2 hours and 14 minutes. “This was my first ride ever, and I was excited to help the clinic that shaped my medical career in outpatient pediatrics.”
Dr. Hoffman completes her residency in June and is then moving to San Diego to practice general pediatrics at the outpatient clinic at the Children’s Primary Care Medical Group.