Dr. André Martel

PGY-3, General Surgery, MSc Candidate, Clinician Investigator Program (Centre for Innovative Cancer Therapy)

1) What has helped you work through the COVID-19 pandemic?

As a general surgery resident, I’m fortunate to be part of a close-knit division of residents and staff. Surgical emergencies such as appendicitis, gallbladder problems and obstructions have not slowed down and we still provide quality care for these high acuity patients. Additionally, as a MSc candidate in cancer immunology, I’ve taken this time to collaborate with other immunology researchers studying NK cell activity in COVID-19.

2) What message would you give to your fellow physician colleagues on National Doctor’s Day?

This pandemic has made me realize what an exceptional, driven and caring group of individuals comprises Canadian physicians. Regardless of training or specialty, we have come together to take care of patients safely, prepare for potential re-deployment and even return from retirement. I hope you all take a moment on this day to be proud of our work thus far and reach out to thank colleagues within and outside of your specialty.

3) What message of encouragement would you give to the public during this time?

These are difficult and trying times, but every effort made by the community to remain physically distant has an impact on flattening the curve and returning to a normal life sooner. Take this time to enjoy the small moments in life, stay healthy and happy. Stay connected with loved ones virtually. In the near future, we’ll look back on this exceptional situation and be proud of our efforts as a community to beat COVID-19.

4) Describe what work/life has been like for you over the last few weeks.

In this new normal, my research and academic programs have become quite avid at meeting virtually. I average 20 hours per week on Teams for various research meetings, teaching, journal clubs and seminars. Clinical work on the acute care team is still just as busy and our program has done a tremendous job to create a balanced contingency schedule for residents. On a personal level, I have taken advantage of the extra down time to exercise more, catch up on shows and novels, and turn my living room into a putting & chipping green – much to my girlfriend’s dismay.

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