How are you adjusting to this “new normal”?
It has definitely been a lesson in resilience! I have been working to pay attention to taking care of myself and ensuring I am finding new ways to stay connected. Delivering patient care via telehealth has been a new adventure, but the preparation and training I have received through my residency program so far has made me feel well-supported.
What hobbies/activities do you typically participate in? What does this look like in the new social isolation environment?
I play music with a friend for fun - we haven't quite figured this out over video chats yet! With some weddings to prepare music for, the pressure is on to find a way to connect that allows us to practice. With my hobbies and responsibilities outside of work and residency, we are all working hard together to not let social isolation define this time, but to use it as an opportunity to find new methods to connect and overcome.
Do you have any creative ways for staying connected with your peers?
We have had several residency happy hours over Zoom, which has been much needed! The connection is still very important, regardless of how it is obtained. We pride ourselves for the family feel of our residency program, and these tools have helped us come together. Additionally, we are using Zoom to remain connected with our pharmacy practice partners in clinic. I also use it to play games like Scattergories with friends - again, just because we shouldn't hang out in person, doesn't mean we can't support each other from afar!
What is something that provides you with inspiration during this time?
I am so inspired by the drive, determination, and support from our pharmacy community - this is certainly a change, but it will not define us. What will define us is the cohesive nature of teamwork and appreciation that we've used to overcome these challenges. I have watched professors from the college spend countless hours reimagining content, I have watched medical providers reinvent practice models to keep themselves safe, I have watched co-residents selflessly fill in additional roles and step up to offer support to others during this time of uncertainty... no matter where I look, I am impressed by the compassion and nature of those around me to positively impact this experience.
Anything else you want to share?
Adapting to telehealth has been a new adventure while delivering patient care, but it allows me to still deliver quality patient care to patients in need while keeping them safe. Additionally, as part of my role in residency is offering teaching support to the college, I have enjoyed the challenge of working with colleagues to determine new ways to deliver content - using Zoom for team-based learning is certainly a challenge, but I have been inspired by the determination of my colleagues to offer the best possible experience for pharmacy students. Most importantly, as most of my work is completed from home now, I have worked to create a designated space to work. This helps me to limit distractions and get in the mindset of being in a different "workspace," even though I'm still at home. Taking scheduled breaks and trying to keep a routine has been instrumental. I have also learned that it is okay to feel uneasy about this - it is a new experience, we all need to be kind to ourselves, and recognize that together, we can do this!