There was that one medical student a few years back who made it in to the hospital (safely) despite the massive snow storms, and she was an incredible help to her team. She learned what it was like to provide care in a hospital under a weather emergency situation
. She learned what it felt like to be responsible for her patients, and to be part of a larger system of care, teamwork at it's finest.
A medical home
is essentially always open, if at all possible, and we health care personnel are here for our patients. In the hospital or emergency departments and health centers, on call, where ever we are needed.
As for medical education
, we aim to find the right balance between safety and education. And that is, safety comes first. Your time will come, soon enough, when you are (like a resident, fellow, attending) required to report to your clinical responsibilities for the sake of your patients. But for now, you are a student and will follow your medical school's guidelines
. If you are home and safe you can still do some learning:
- Medical students can do their Computer Assisted Learning in Pediatrics Program
- Pediatric residents who are not needed at their work sites can do the Pediatrics Review and Education Program (PREP).
- Any physician can work on maintenance of certification or catch up on all that reading.
- All can do some reflection on gaps and makes plans for filling such gaps in the future.
Read, take a nap, do old fashioned jigsaw puzzles, and spend quality time with family.
Dr Seuss wrote, "The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house. All that cold, cold, we day."
And if you lose electricity, School of Rock says, PLAY ACOUSTIC.
All joking aside, these storms can be very, deadly serious. Help out one another, at all times, but particularly in difficult times. Check on your neighbors, your parents, your friends, your classmates.
Your medical educators are hoping you remain safe and sound, and do keep on learning.