PGY-1, Internal Medicine
1) What has helped you work through the COVID-19 pandemic?
The pandemic is a testing time. From patients to healthcare workers to families to all members of the community, we have all had find our lives dramatically changed. From not being able to provide a comforting touch to a sick patient to not being able to connect with them from behind a mask, the pandemic has challenged our human nature. What has helped me work through this pandemic is seeing people, the healthcare family and the community at large come together in support of each other. Seeing my colleagues step up for each other, seeing my seniors have our back and seeing the community cheer us on has been a source of great strength. Using social media to remain connected with friends, family and colleagues has really helped. Needless to say, I have maxed out my data this month with video chatting more than ever. We are distancing more, but also connecting more.
2) What message would you give to your fellow physician colleagues on National Doctor’s Day?
The pandemic has been a stress test for the healthcare system. I have seen my colleagues step up and go above and beyond their duty of care. A huge thanks to frontliners. Nurses, doctors, housekeeping, technicians, paramedics, pharmacists, everyone has been so brave. I know of colleagues who are living away from family to keep them safe. Colleagues who have not seen their kids in so long. Thank you for being so brave and so strong. And thank you so much for making TOH a wonderful environment to work in. Stronger together.
3) What message of encouragement would you give to the public during this time?
The amount of support we have received from the public during these stressful times has been a source of strength and motivation. It has reminded us why we do what we do every day. The love and care we have received from the public has been tremendous. I would like to thank the community for their contribution to fighting this pandemic. Social distancing has been hard. Mental health is suffering. We have lost many coping mechanisms such as going to the gym, enjoying a nice cup of coffee in a cozy restaurant, or just socializing. Thank you very much for your contribution to fighting this pandemic. Thank you for flattening the curve.
4) Describe what work/life has been like for you over the last few weeks.
Work-life balance is more important than ever before. It is hard though when you can’t go to the gym, enjoy a nice meal in your favourite restaurant, go to yoga class or whatever it is that was keeping you sane. I personally have found new hobbies that are compatible with social distancing. I have recently rediscovered my love for reading. It keeps me busy, gives me something to look forward to at the end of a busy day. I have discovered a whole world of cute animal videos, and my apartment is cleaner than ever before haha. We change with changing times so that we don’t ultimately lose ourselves.