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Diary of a Rheumatologist Who Briefly Became a COVID Hospitalist

Medscape features commentary by HSS rheumatologist Karmela Kim Chan, MD, about her experience in caring for hospitalized patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Chan noted, “When I first started, I felt like I was being helpful. Walking home in the middle of the 7 PM cheers for healthcare workers frequently left me teary eyed. As horrible as the situation was, I was proud of myself for volunteering to help and appreciative of a broken city's gratitude toward all healthcare workers in general.”

She further stated, “No, I am no hero. But did my volunteering make a difference? It made a difference to me. The overwhelming feeling I am left with isn't pride; it's humility. I feel humbled that I could feel so unexpectedly touched by the lives of people that I had no idea I could feel touched by.”

Read the full article at Medscape.com.