Graduating Med School During a Pandemic — “There’s no place I’d rather be”

May 21, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

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Last modified May 22, 2020

Faiz Kidwai DO, MPH writes in Medpage Today about what it’s like to finish med school during this pandemic. “There will be no ceremony, and what’s more, any sense of celebration is closely followed by personal trepidation and concern from loved ones,” he says. Kidwai goes on to discuss the other difficulties of becoming a physician in today’s world. “In the past 4 years, I have routinely seen colleagues cry, get prescriptions for antidepressants, self-medicate, miss birthdays and weddings, even postponing their own. I’ve also seen broken relationships, broken marriages, and broken souls. Unfortunately, this is what it takes to be a doctor in America.”

However, despite all of the “ugliness and pain,” he still finds beauty and selflessness in the privilege of becoming a doctor. “I see a beautiful [country] and a brilliant people rising from this abyss. I see the lives for which I lay down my life, peaceful, useful, prosperous and happy.” Even with the apprehension of COVID-19 lingering everywhere, Kidwai exclaims “There’s no place I would rather be — a sentiment I know I share with thousands of my counterparts, despite being privy to the dangers of COVID-19…”

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