Bernadette A. Riley, DO, FACOFP, FILM, shares a glimpse into her life as a doctor, a teacher, a student, a daughter and more, in this new series from the ACOFP Women in Leadership Committee.
Gina Charles, DO, addresses how she strives to achieve a work-life balance and provides tips for physicians in this Women’s Leadership Series installment.
Alesia Wagner, DO, FACOFP dist., addresses how being a high-risk physician during COVID-19 has impacted her personally and professionally in this Women’s Leadership Series installment.
As a practicing physician, I have found that there is one symptom that is universal among all COVID patients. Depression by far is universal, and although medication helps, I found a better treatment: human touch. The isolation and lack of human touch that occurs with the virus is epic. I didn’t truly understand the origin of the depression associated with COVID until I lived that nightmare.
Often students will approach me asking for research prospects. I try to pick research opportunities that connect the medical students with projects that would inspire them and spark their passions. As a clinician, it has been a privilege to work with the students and share learning opportunities.
Walking in these shoes to fill so many roles teaches me compassion and reminds me of how important empathy is in my position as an osteopathic physician—especially during a pandemic, when tensions can be even higher than normal.