The “Future Medical Scientist Award” Winner
Professor Lee Won-june (Departmnent of Ophthalmology)
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Professor Lee Won-june (Department of Ophthalmology) received the “Future Medical Scientist Award” on August 22nd, 2018 at the Shilla Hotel where the 10th Future Medical Scientist Awards Ceremony was held. He has been working at the Hanyang University Medical Center treating patients with glaucoma and cataracts since the beginning of the year. Lee shared an insight about what it is like to work as a fellow and to work in a department that specializes in a simple fruit of a certain illness.
The “Future Medical Scientist Award” is special in that it limits its potential award winners to “fellows.” The award was given to encourage the fellows to lead the future of Korean medical science. Fellows are evaluated by many crucial factors including impact factor (number of citations), journal impact, factors related to the fellows' backgrounds like the hospital they work for, and more.
For those of you not familiar with the concept of a fellow, a fellowship is what you call a period of medical training that a medical specialist may choose to undertake after residency. As Lee puts it, it is a position that is “caught in the middle,” since it is neither a professor nor a resident. The treatment of a fellow is not well off either, he said. It is a position to work, train, and study. Lee felt rewarded after receiving the award with all the hardships he had dealt with as a fellow.
Aside from how well the thesis paper is written, Lee explained that the whole process of writing the dissertation during your fellowship period helps you grow. As a fellow himself, he tried to write in a well-organized manner so that other professionals could easily understand and relate to the thesis. Since writing a thesis is a mandatory step that all must take in order to fulfill the career of a medical professional, there are some theses that seem to be written just for the purpose of writing a thesis. However, professor Lee emphasized the importance of taking into account the freshness of your ideas, its usefulness, practicality, and how helpful the thesis could be for patients when writing a dissertation.
Professor Lee works in the Department of Ophthalmology, but to be more specific, he majors in glaucoma and cataracts. After undergoing residency in ophthalmology and trying out for fellowship, professor Lee had to decide what he wanted to major in as a fellow. Being an expert in glaucoma was a fascinating idea for him since glaucoma is a department that majors in one single illness. Also, there are no permanent solutions for glaucoma, so an expert in this field can keep a long-term relationship with patients. “The fact that there is not yet a definite cure motivates me to work and study glaucoma harder.”
Lee’s hard work seems to be paying off as he has received many awards from various award ceremonies. In April of 2018, professor Lee also received an award from the 119th Symposium held by the Korean Ophthalmological Society. The research findings from his dissertation that he received an award for was published in “Ophthalmology,” the most well-known academic journal in the field of ophthalmology.
Lee is now the only ophthalmologist who specializes in glaucoma at Hanyang University Medical Center. He said that he feels he has a heavy responsibility to lead the way for his glaucoma patients that he will come to see and treat for a long time.
Kim Hyun-soo firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos by Kang Cho-hyun
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