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Dr Jennifer Kim wins John Henahan Prize For Young Ophthalmologists

Colin Kerr

Posted: Saturday, October 3, 2020


Dr Jennifer Kim

The winner of this year’s John Henahan Prize is Dr Jennifer Kim, a Specialist Registrar at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, UK.

The topic for this year’s essay was Will Clinicians Be Replaced By A Robot To Perform Cataract Surgery?

Dr Kim studied medicine at Manchester Medical School, United Kingdom. She has recently completed her training at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and is due to start her Corneal Fellowship at Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre. She has a special interest in Cornea and ocular surface diseases and after her fellowship, she hopes to pursue a career in this field.

“Winning this prize has allowed me to connect with colleagues and the ophthalmic community worldwide during this difficult time” said Dr Kim. “Writing is an integral part of medical training and an opportunity to reflect and express yourself. In some ways, writing parallels with operating – it takes time to cultivate and no matter how proficient you are, it is always challenging and you learn something new each time.

“When working in a clinical environment we have to keep a poker face whilst carrying a huge amount of emotion, and this can be difficult to balance as a trainee. Many of us are feeling additional stress from change in, or lack of, routine and overall uncertainty around COVID-19. Jotting down my thoughts regularly during this time has helped me to clear my mind and stay grounded. I would like to thank all the frontline healthcare workers in every corner of the world and also the ESCRS for giving me this prestigious award,” she said.