Chasidy Singleton, MD, Closing the Health Care Gap

Dr. Singleton to me is an unsung hero because
she volunteers her time and sees patients who are underserved, under-insured or uninsured. And in doing this she identifies people who
otherwise would not have access to eye care and she is able to treat patients who otherwise
would be at risk for going blind. My uncle was an ophthalmologist, and he was my ophthalmologist. And I learned a little bit about the field
through my experiences with him. I actually started college as a music major
but I also had a love and passion for the sciences. After my experiences in the lab, I actually
changed my major to chemistry and molecular biology, and became very involved in research. I work at a community hospital that serves a large, underserved community which includes
not only uninsured or under-insured patients, but also patients who are seen, or live in
the nursing homes as well as in the prison. I’ve been working with the prison population for 17 years. You see a person coming to your clinic with
shackles and handcuffs, and you see officers surrounding them. If you begin to talk to them, you begin to
see just a regular person who had different circumstances than yours. The nursing home patients, I actually visit nursing homes on the side and I play and sing. I play my cello as well as sing to them because
many of them are lonely, they haven’t seen their families. It’s a way to encourage them and uplift their
spirits. It’s our duty as ophthalmologists to think about each patient that comes in our chair
as a whole. We all joined this profession because we wanted
to be, as they said in medical school, “A good doctor.” So we have to think about that as we think
about each person, and think about ways that we can improve the quality of life for each
of us.

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