Portrait of Success
At about the time you’re picking out a breakfast cereal, ACU grad Leslie (Pickett ’04) Hutchins, M.D., is choosing her neurosurgeries for the day – spine operations, tumor resections, aneurysm clippings or deep brain stimulation, to name a few.
As chief resident of neurosurgery at Virginia Commonwealth University, by 7:30 a.m. Hutchins has already completed her rounds of checking in with the neurosurgery patients at the hospital, and now has the choice of which surgeries she will work for the day. Of course, that’s after rising at 4:30 a.m. to feed her young daughter and get ready for work.
"Neurosurgery can be emotionally, physically and mentally exhausting, Hutchins said. It seems glamorous, but when you sacrifice everything, spending 14- to 16-hour days during residency, it’s not so glamorous. But when you can perform an intervention that can change an outcome for an individual or a family, that is what I love the most about my job."