Humans of Residency

In this difficult time of the COVID-19 pandemic, the editorial board at in-House seeks to bring together the community of residents and fellows worldwide through a visual narrative medicine project entitled Humans of Residency.

Our Humans of Residency series, based on the popular Humans of New York, aims to catalog the everyday experiences of trainees and provide them with a peer-managed space for catharsis and community-building. We hope that this project will serve as a living archive of these stories told by residents and fellows worldwide.

If you are interested in contributing a photograph of yourself and a short paragraph about your experience during the pandemic, please email us at editorinchief@in-housestaff.org.

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"Over the past few weeks, especially when I see and read how many countless hours other doctors (including many of my fellow anesthesia residents) are spending treating coronavirus patients, I have felt like I’m not doing enough, that I should be helping more. It feels weird having less to do when so many other providers are overwhelmed with patients. I’m sure many people feel this way, but we all have our parts to play. And for the majority of us, that means staying home and social distancing. Enjoy as much time as you can with your family, pets and health, things we often take for granted. Thank you to everyone who has donated PPE to their local hospitals, and thank you to everyone who has donated blood." -Mansi Sheth, MD, CA-2 (PGY-3) anesthesiology #humansofresidency #covid_19 #quarantinestories

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"Every day, we’re getting 10-15 emails about COVID-19 at our institution. We went from no cases to several dozen hospitalized, including over a dozen in the ICU, from 0 in 10 days — things are moving so rapidly. Cases are growing throughout the state, too. Two weeks ago, everything was normal. Now my friends and co-residents here and across the country are getting sick and the fear and anxiety is creeping in. The PPE situation is awful and unsafe, but we have such an amazing hospital that is gearing up for war, everyone is pitching in — hell, even the psychiatrists are on backup ready to attend on the medical wards if called, and many of my co-residents are already there. And we have all of these 'emergency orders,' I know NYC suspended duty hours, how much will they take from us? We already work 80 hours a week. I also don’t think this fight is for medical students. We should allow IMGs and unmatched residents to audition for positions. Let students be students in times of crisis. I feel for the support staff, though, many aren’t as lucky as we are. They can’t work from home. If they get sick, they’re done, but they are carrying forward anyway. I had so much anxiety yesterday I couldn’t think straight. My mom is a nurse in a nursing home who has COPD, my grandma is old, I can’t leave my house, I can’t run away, I am scared about touching things and catching things and I don’t want to think about losing anyone to this. We’ll get through this though. This is what we trained for and we will rise above for our patients and colleagues." -Michael McClurkin, MD, MPP, PGY-1 psychiatry #humansofresidency #covid_19

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