As we navigate this pandemic, unfamiliar to us all, there are things happening behind the scene where light should be shed.
I was a resident and fellow once. I remember the workload well. I was never phased by the endless hours of rounding and reading but I know others felt it was borderline abusive. But, it’s part of the job and, truthfully, it’s how you come to truly understand medicine.
HOWEVER, there has been mention of Trainees’ work hours primarily being used to cover this Pandemic. I have heard of GI and Cardiology fellows acting as Primary Care Physicians to care for COVID patients while certain internal medicine doctors and hospitalists are spared from exposure. What I don’t know is if this is being done to protect the health of hospitalists or to save money. Either reason is not a good reason. In my place of business, we do not allow residents to enter COVID rooms, but I don’t disagree that we are all in this fight together and, when needed, we all have to roll up our sleeves and fight to save lives. However, money should never be a focus during a time like this and the distribution of this fight needs to be distributed fairly so we can protect the lives of all of our healthcare workers, trainees included.
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