In a recent webinar sponsored by the American Society of Nephrology (@ASNKidney), a panel of renal fellows from across the US and Canada discussed the mental and emotional burden of the COVID-19 pandemic, concerns about patient care, and the different divisional/institutional approaches to managing the pandemic, including distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines.
The ultimate purpose of the roundtable discussion was to give participating fellows a space to speak freely about the good – and possibly bad – experiences they have encountered during the pandemic. WashU Nephrology second-year fellows Sana Shaikh, MD, Gonzalo Matzumura, MD, and Blessing Osondu, MD, were part of the discussion panel.
Audience members were limited to current and incoming nephrology fellows, and the session was not recorded to ensure anonymity. An invited moderator and faculty with expertise in GME behavioral health and COVID-19 response in one of the pandemic hotspots helped facilitate the discussion.
WashU Nephrology Professor of Medicine Anitha Vijayan, MD, FASN, @VijayanMD, says, “As part of the ASN COVID-19 response team, I am extremely grateful to ASN for providing this opportunity to the nephrology trainees. This webinar allowed fellows from all over the country to discuss their shared personal and professional experiences that they witnessed and endured during this devastating pandemic.”
Our fellows were happy to share their opinions about the roundtable: