Residency During a Pandemic: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Shares Stories of Three MCW Graduates
Nov. 4, 2021 MCW News – Not that 2020 could ever be forgotten, but for Mark Drake, Jamie Jasti, and Kim Tyler they have specific remembrance of 2020 as the year they became first-time residents during a global pandemic. It was a downright limit-testing year for healthcare professionals across the board, but uniquely so for medical school graduates just beginning their practice.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently published a multi-part editorial taking a deeply personal look at this challenging year of initiation for Drs. Drake, Jasti, and Tyler.
Reporter Mark Johnson follows the three graduates of the Medical College of Wisconsin from Match Day as they are placed with affiliated hospitals, Froedtert Hospital and Children’s Wisconsin, through their most difficult days during the pandemic. Johnson captures the unique experience of Drs. Drake, Jasti, and Tyler in their learning of how to diagnose, treat, and approach a novel virus alongside veteran medical staff.
The editorial also dives into how the pandemic shaped the residents’ outlook on bedside manner, grief, death, and what it was like to face the virus head-on from a patient only inches away. Beyond their clinical experiences, Johnson also explores how the experience impacted their view of being in medicine beyond residency, challenges with imposter syndrome, and how each protects their mental well-being and relieves the stress of the day when they return home.
Poignant and eye-opening, the article captures a truly incomparable first year of residency that Drs. Drake, Jasti, and Tyler endured.
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