PGY-4, Emergency Medicine (Resuscitation Fellow)
1) What has helped you work through the COVID-19 pandemic?
Dedication of my wonderful colleagues, my supportive family & friends, and of course… my dogs.
2) What message would you give to your fellow physician colleagues on National Doctor’s Day?
COVID-19 has brought upon challenges to our personal and professional lives in ways that none of us could have ever imagined. Thank you for your continued dedication and devotion to providing care to Canadians in these difficult times.
To my fellow residents, you have shown incredible resilience in these uncertain times. With exams and electives cancelled and the future uncertain, you have continued to be a foundational part of providing patient care across Canada. The ways in which you have stepped up to fill the gaps in patient care. Your kindness, selflessness and compassion has been inspiring. I feel extremely privileged to be your colleague.
3) What message of encouragement would you give to the public during this time?
Thank you for the outpouring of support, kindness and generosity that you have shown us over the past few months. It really helps us stay positive and lift our spirits/morale.
Please continue to adhere to physical distancing! You’re doing a great job. Your efforts are not going unnoticed by Health Care Workers. We know you are hurting and this hasn’t been easy: financially, socially and psychologically. Your sacrifice has given us a chance at tackling this unprecedented health crisis. Together, we can continue to #FlattenTheCurve and beat this pandemic!
For those with health issues, please know that our hospitals are here for you. Deciding to go to hospital can be a scary decision in these difficult times. However, if you feel unwell and need help, please know that we are here to care for you 24/7/365. We will do all we can to keep you safe while providing you the care that you need.
Stay strong and stage safe. We can get through this together.
4) Describe what work/life has been like for you over the last few weeks.
It’s been difficult and challenging at times. I think we all have some fear/anxiety about getting sick. However, it’s also been a joy to go to work and witness how healthcare professions and the public have come together to support each other. I work with amazing physicians, nurses, RTs, PSWs, clerks and housekeepers – their positivity has helped keep smile on my face (albeit behind a mask). I think the toughest thing for me has been not being able to see my parents and grandparents.
I understand that I’m at higher risk of getting sick because of my profession and I don’t want to expose them to that risk. It’s hard not knowing when I’ll get the chance to see them in person again. My grandfather has incurable lung cancer and it’s been really heartbreaking to know that I can’t spend time with him. COVID-19 really sucks – not just for me, but for everyone. At the end of the day, I do feel fortunate that I still get to do a job that I love and I get to work with wonderful people every day. These small victories will get us through.