Protect our medical trainees during the pandemic
“When I first heard about medical schools fast-tracking graduation for students and shifting young residents into high need areas to fight the pandemic of COVID-19, I thought of how panicked those students and residents must feel. Asking them to step in to fight a battle we don’t know how to win, and envisioning them witnessing the suffering and death of multiple people due to lack of resources and a broken system is terrifying. Asking them to risk their own safety and that of their families due to a paucity of protective equipment is beyond the pale. My more experienced colleagues whisper to each other that we too are afraid of serving on the front lines, but inevitably someone says, ‘I guess this is what we signed up for.’ The truth is none of us signed up for this.”
Deborah Edberg is a family physician.
She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD articles, “Words of courage for medical students and residents” (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2020/03/words-of-courage-for-medical-students-and-residents.html) and “Stop calling health care workers heroes and do something to help them.” (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2020/05/stop-calling-health-care-workers-heroes-and-do-something-to-help-them.html)