PGY-4, Obstetrics & Gynecology (Chief Administrative Resident)
1) What has helped you work through the COVID-19 pandemic?
What has helped the most is reminding myself that while our job is difficult, it is a privilege to do what we do. Many people are stuck at home feeling powerless, but I have the ability to continue going into work and positively impact patients and their families. Babies haven’t decided to stop coming during the pandemic, and I still get to be a part of the most meaningful moment in a couple’s life: introducing them to their long-awaited child!
2) What message would you give to your fellow physician colleagues on National Doctor’s Day?
The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the way we practice medicine and significantly increased our stress levels. However, I think we can all be very proud of the way we mobilized our resources, supported one another, and managed to continue to provide world class care despite such adversity. More than ever before, there has been a palpable air of solidarity within the hospital and it has been incredible to witness. Keep up the good work!
3) What message of encouragement would you give to the public during this time?
The fact that we appear to be flattening the curve is thanks to YOU! If everyone continues to play their part and stay home, we will continue to save lives and beat this thing in no time. You are the true heroes in this pandemic.
4) Describe what work/life has been like for you over the last few weeks.
Work has been transformed by a love-hate relationship with PPE (particularly the masks we are required to wear at all times), innumerable emails and virtual meetings, and the lack of elective ORs which are the backbone of our surgical training. Interestingly, Academic Half-Day has gone virtual with Teams and our program director has taken it upon herself to incorporate at home HIIT workouts which she leads from her home gym!
Life at home has slowed down a bit; lots of games, Netflix, and walks with the dog. I think the poor guy is getting sick of all the attention and misses his alone time…