Ashley Dougherty, M.D. Ashley Dougherty, M.D.

As the end of residency draws near, I am experiencing a mixture of anxiety and excitement. It seems like it has been decades since my own intern orientation and struggle to learn how to use the electronic medical record, on top of learning how to manage my patients’ acute and chronic conditions. Although there is still much to learn, watching our newest interns’ introductions to clinical life reminds me how far I have come in just two short years.

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Roosevelt Campbell, M.D., Ph.D. Roosevelt Campbell, M.D., Ph.D.

For decades we have known that social circumstances such as poverty, structural racism, unstable housing, poor access to healthy food, unsafe environments, and lack of education are major drivers of health. During a pandemic these drivers are amplified. This leads to increased burden in already marginalized groups that have been subjected to a system of inequality that permeates every aspect of our society.

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Socially Distanced Fall Family Fun in the Triangle

As a resident, there is limited time away from rotations to spend with family and fulfill my roles as a husband and father. It has been especially difficult to find safe and responsible activities with my family due to the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 has remained a large threat and concern to our community since the spring. As the temperatures drop and leaves begin to fall, it is important to remain vigilant and continue taking precautions, such as wearing a mask, social distancing and frequent hand washing. However, there are still many activities in the Durham area and at home that you can take advantage of to keep your whole family entertained! Below are some of my favorite ideas for fall family fun in the time of COVID-19.

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Karen Scherr, MD, PhD Karen Scherr, M.D., Ph.D.

Avoiding the doctor’s office? You are not alone.

As a primary care physician, an important part of my job is to ensure patients are up-to-date on their “health maintenance,” which includes screening tests (e.g. pap smears or colonoscopies) and also preventive medicine (e.g. flu shots). I spend hours talking with patients about the importance of health maintenance, inquiring about any barriers to getting care, and helping them brainstorm solutions to overcome these barriers. I truly believe in the importance of these things, and it is one of the reasons that I chose family medicine.

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Linh Nguyen, M.D. Linh Nguyen, M.D.

In my last resident blog post, I wrote about cultivating resilience amidst the rigors of residency training. Even as a newly-minted third-year resident, this remains a moving target. In light of recent worldwide events, I have been wrestling with managing my brain’s negativity bias when confronted with the deluge of upsetting headlines, social media posts, and topics of conversation. When there is so much to fight against and to be upset about, where does happiness fit in? 

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