Tahereh Haji, MD, MSc Tahereh Haji, MD, MSc (1 Posts)

Resident Physician Contributing Writer

NOSM University

Hi! My name is Tahereh Haji, but most of my friends call me Tati. I was born and raised on the Canadian Prairies. I did my training at the University of Saskatchewan, starting with my Honours and Master’s degrees in Biochemistry. While in grad school, I met my partner and subsequently followed her to Ottawa, Ontario, for her residency before coming back to Saskatchewan to complete my medical training. There, I fell in love with pediatrics, and I am now a fourth year pediatrics resident at NOSM University, splitting my time between beautiful northern Ontario and Ottawa. When I am not at the hospital, I love spending my time outdoors with my partner and dog, camping and hiking, and reflecting on the experiences I am having as a young doctor.

Living with Congenital Heart Disease Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Patient-Physician Reflection

Thinking back to January 2020, I recalled the whispers throughout the hospital of the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the United States, mere minutes from my home institution. Aside from my perspective as a pediatrician, I was also forced to confront my own anxieties regarding exposure to this virus as an adult living with repaired congenital heart disease.

Night Call

My senior and I had been on night float together for a few weeks. That night, the dimmed lights of the hospital corridors spilled into the workroom which was lit only by my computer screen, but that was enough. Despite the few months that I had been there as an intern, I could describe each inch of this room with my eyes closed.

You Are Not Alone

The faint glow that is the light at the end of the tunnel hits my face as I realize that intern year is almost over. One would think that having been through the personal loss I have — losing two beloved older brothers at a young age — that intern year would be more than manageable. Yet this past year has been, for me, a chaotic roller coaster ride.


The baby’s hat is bright orange, knit with vertical ribbing to mimic a pumpkin’s ridges, and topped with a tiny green stem. The cheeks below it bulge in perfect crescents. I turn to the mother to ask if she made the hat herself. Her eyes don’t leave the muted cartoons bouncing across the television screen as she mumbles, “The nurse or someone gave it to her.”

Douglas "Mac" Jones, DO Douglas "Mac" Jones, DO (1 Posts)

Resident Physician Contributing Writer

Jefferson Medical College duPont Hospital for Children

Douglas “Mac” Jones is a PGY1 resident in pediatrics at Jefferson Medical College duPont Children’s Hospital. Hailing from Idaho with a stopover in the Midwest, he is passionate about ruffling feathers and radical public health. He finds joy in cooking, writing, and squishing babies. He is still trying to impress his wife.