Keanan McGonigle, MD, MPP Keanan McGonigle, MD, MPP (1 Posts)

Resident Physician Contributing Author

George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Keanan McGonigle is a PGY-1 in internal medicine at George Washington University. He plans to go into primary care and has particular interests in geriatrics and HIV medicine. Dr McGonigle is a 2019 graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine and spent a year working in public policy and medical student advocacy before starting residency.

Internalizing Medicine: Starting Intern Year in the Time of COVID

In my home city of Washington, D.C., citizens have taken the changes brought on by COVID-19 very seriously; social distancing, masking and frequent hand hygiene are now routine. These days, I am startled when I see the bottom half of someone’s face out in public. Our homes have become our sanctuaries. In the hospital, however, much of our work continues unabated. Orders are written, notes are signed, lab work is drawn, imaging is performed. Housestaff are on the front lines with nurses, respiratory therapists and patient care technicians taking care of the sickest patients day-in, day-out.


I first met Ruth in the emergency department when I was a third-year medical student on my psychiatry rotation. She was an “elderly female with psychosis — medical workup negative.” My resident had received a page with a request for her admission and sent me to the ED to speak with her first.

Facing the Consequences of the Pandemic as an Oncologist-in-Training

For the first time in history, a pandemic has shut down the entire globe. COVID-19 has affected our lives in many ways, including significantly impacting health care services. Many people, sensing an unseen danger looming in the air, have become increasingly afraid to visit their primary care physicians, and we are now discovering the catastrophic consequences of this delay.


This elderly yet jolly gentleman answers our unending questions about his physical health, but it is his question to us that makes me pause. Do I have time for a poem? This busy clinic day, I stop reflecting on why his heart stopped beating and instead what motivates his heart to beat in the first place.   

A Tale of Three Continents: A Resident Physician Perspective on the Pandemic

“The United States reports first death from COVID-19 in Washington State.” It was the end of February as I glanced over this news alert. For the past month, my inbox was flooded with emails regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. I saw my patients as usual throughout the day, albeit washing my hands and using hand sanitizers more often.

Akriti Sinha, MD (1 Posts)

Resident Physician Contributing Writer

University of Missouri School of Medicine

Dr. Akriti Sinha is currently a third-year psychiatry resident at the University of Missouri, Columbia. She will be the chief resident for academics next year and plans to practice Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry after graduation. She loves karaoke, 80s music, photography, and dancing. She has no disclosures and no conflicts of interest.