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Where Do the Children Play?

Published time: 27 May 2020

Authors: Michael I. Brener, Sarah R. Kaslow

Keywords: Pediatrics, Pulmonary, Critical Care, Viral Infections, Medical Practice


We are both physician trainees — a cardiology fellow and a general surgery resident — in New York City. We are one of the nearly 10,000 dual-physician couples nationwide who, over the past 30 years, have embarked on the arduous journey of medical training together.1 Like many of our colleagues around the world, we’ve witnessed firsthand the devastation and lonely suffering wrought by coronavirus. Our clinical and research work has also been upended by the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead of learning the ins and outs of coronary angiography and laparoscopy as planned, we’ve memorized the ARDSNet ladder for ratios of positive end-expiratory pressure and fraction of inspired oxygen, and we’ve developed our own tricks for placing dialysis catheters and arterial lines in crowded and overheated rooms. We’ve become connoisseurs of the N95, appreciating the subtle characteristics of each mask that lend to less irritation of the nasal bridge.

Where Do the Children Play



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