Nancy M. Holekamp, MD: Dairy Debt With Commentary by Seenu M. Hariprasad, MD
Working with Nancy M. Holekamp, MD, while I was in fellowship in St. Louis at the Barnes Retina Institute a little more than a decade ago exposed me to her unique brilliance and humility. She never made fellows feel bad when she was right (and they were wrong) about a clinical diagnosis. Instead of berating the fellow for a mistake, she would say, “You owe me an ice cream cone.”
By the time my fellowship was finished, I probably owed her a thousand of gallons of ice cream. The fact that she has not come to collect on that dairy debt taught me a lot about how mentors should treat mentees—chiefly, that patience yields higher dividends than scolding, and that a good attitude can produce a great doctor.
—Seenu M. Hariprasad, MD