Melissa Kroll, MD, was selected to receive the Missouri College of Emergency Physicians’ (MOCEP) R.R. Hannas Resident of the Year Award. She was nominated by her peer, Daniel Lackey, MD, from the Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University Emergency Medicine Resident Program. The award will be presented to Dr. Kroll at the MOCEP Annual Membership Meeting on May 4, 2017, in Springfield, Mo.
Dr. Kroll is a graduate of University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, and is currently a PGY-4 and Chief Resident. Her professional activities and memberships include volunteering and working in hospitals in Tanzania, Ecuador and Nepal; coordinating the Golden Foley Nurse of the Month Award; served as co-mayor for Bean Community in Iowa City; was a student representative for the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP); and she is a member of MOCEP, ACEP, Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association, American Medical Association and National Association of EMS Physicians.
Kroll was nominated for her adaptability, patience, enthusiasm, efficiency, and ability to quickly develop creative solutions to problems as they arise. Most notably, she was nominated for her passion within the residency team, the compassion she shows to patients, and the praise shown to the ED nursing and support staff. She is involved with planning social events for the residents, and leading the Diversity Dinners with the intent to build understanding and camaraderie among her peers and the community. She recently coordinated a faculty and residents tour of a St. Louis refugee settlement organization to learn more about the challenges and resources available in the St. Louis area.
The R.R. Hannas Award is presented to an emergency medicine physician and resident each year, and is named after Dr. Ralston R. Hannas, a “founding father” of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hannas is a past president of the American College of Emergency Physicians and was the co-organizer, with Dr. Wiegenstein, of the first Scientific Assembly in 1969. He was also chairman of the committee that founded the American Board of Emergency Medicine, served on the Board for twelve years and was the organization’s fourth president. Dr. Hannas was also instrumental in helping organize the fifth Emergency Medicine residency program in the country, at Northwestern University, in 1973. In 1976 he moved to Kansas City where he practiced emergency medicine for 21 years.