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May 2020

Mourning the Loss of Normalcy- Using Technology to Connect With Patients

By |May 4th, 2020|Categories: Family Medicine|

Being a healthcare professional during a pandemic is an unfamiliar and stressful circumstance. With the new social distancing rules in place, physicians all over the world have had to come up with patient care solutions. Many physicians have implemented Telemedicine to their daily patient care. Though it seems that implementing Telemedicine is the best solution given the situation, physicians and patients alike have mixed feelings. We asked an Outpatient Mental Health Clinician from Salem, MA, to share his experiences using Telemedicine during the Covid-19 Pandemic. He wishes to remain anonymous. I think about five weeks ago, it was incredibly [...]

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Avoiding Burnout by Practicing Self-Care

By |May 4th, 2020|Categories: Family Medicine|

Avoiding Burnout by Practicing Self-CareDue to the Coronavirus pandemic, the world is expected to experience emotional trauma and symptoms of PTSD. This emotional stress can lead to burnout, a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. During these unforeseen times, physicians and other healthcare workers are working extremely hard to keep up with the demands of patients with or without Coronavirus. These demands increase their risk for burnout.What are the symptoms of burnout?Physical Symptoms of Burnout:FatigueChange in appetite or sleep habitsHeadaches or muscle achesLower immune systemImpaired concentrationEmotional Symptoms of Burnout:AnxietyDepressionAngerHopelessnessLoss of motivationDecreased feeling of [...]

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The Patient Experience During a Pandemic

By |May 1st, 2020|Categories: Family Medicine|

The thought of needing healthcare can be frightening during a pandemic. Surgeries are postponed, doctors’ offices are encouraging patients to stay home, and hospitals are urging people to stay away except for true life-threatening emergencies. Handling healthcare dilemmas, big and small, is a massive hurdle for physicians and patients alike. We asked a few civilians to share their experiences with healthcare during the pandemic. The results? A bag of mixed emotions. 1) “Urgent Care Was a Ghost Town” “I had to go to urgent care because of an infected ingrown toenail. Urgent care was a [...]

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