Class of 1986
Working for Allina Hospitals & Clinics, Charles Lick wears many hats. Twenty years after his graduation from medical school, he’s the medical director for Allina Medical Transportation and the Emergency/Urgent Care department at Allina’s Buffalo Hospital, as well as part of Allina’s clinical leadership team. He is also a clinical doctor with Emergency Physicians PA.
But one of the most rewarding parts of his job has been leading the charge to start up Allina’s Heart Safe Communities program, an effort to prevent death from sudden cardiac arrest by getting automated external defibrillators into the community and training people to use them. Lick says the program has distributed more than 600 defibrillators so far and held training sessions to help communities to learn how to perform CPR and ways to improve heart health. Watching the program grow from a small grassroots effort to its current success has been a great triumph, he says.
Lick lives in Hopkins, Minnesota, with his wife and three kids. He likes spending time with the kids and traveling, especially to their lake home in the summer.
He has these words of wisdom for the next generation of doctors: “You’re entering a very outstanding, noble profession that is unlike a lot of others. It has been a very rewarding experience for me, and I’d do it all over again.”