Traversing the pandemic: From physician to cancer patient to building digital health technology

Traversing the pandemic: From physician to cancer patient to building digital health technology

Written by Anna Schubert on February 8, 2021

Like most of the rest of us, I began 2020 with all the hope and optimism that comes with celebrating the start of a new year.


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In the summer of 2019, I finished my residency in emergency medicine and started working as an emergency medicine attending physician at a large community hospital. After over a decade of training, I was more than ready to finally enter the working world.

I was enjoying my role and, after years of living away from home, had signed a contract to start working at a hospital in my home state so I could be near my family and many old friends. At 30, I was looking forward to my life and my future more than ever.

When springtime came around, the COVID-19 pandemic had escalated in the United States to a concerning degree. My colleagues and I were bracing ourselves for the wave of sick patients we knew would be coming through our doors.

I had never been one to shy away from a challenge, so as I prepared myself to work on the front lines of the pandemic, I felt more confident than ever that the emergency room was the right place for me to be.

In fact, I was the ideal person to be caring for COVID patients. I was young, healthy, and had no children or other relatives living with me with a high risk of the disease.

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