Here we share a selection of stories, observations, words of advice and tips for getting through the Covid-19 pandemic.
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You may also be interested in our Heritage Centre's quest to build an archive of healthcare workers' experiences of the pandemic. We want to collect this material to assist researchers in the future who are looking at this extraordinary period in history. You can read more about this here
Dr Diarmuid O'Shea, Registrar of RCPI, recently shared his reflections on the pandemic, which you can read here
Dr Philip Kavanagh has shared his personal experience with RCPI Health and Wellbeing of what it is like working in healthcare during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
After completing a degree in French and German and Masters in International Marketing Philip moved to Berlin in 2004 to work in cardiovascular medical devices for Enterprise Ireland. He was later promoted to head up pharmaceuticals and biotech for Germany, Switzerland and Austria. He returned to Ireland in 2011 to study medicine. On completing his internship he spent six months in Sweden that included an observership in heart failure at Lund University Hospital, and obtained an advanced Swedish language certificate from the Folksuniversitätet in Stockholm. Following the loss of a family member in 2017 he took nine months out of the medical BST. During that difficult period he was linked in with Health & Wellbeing in RCPI as well as HR in Tallaght Hospital, both of whom were an immense support facilitating his return to the scheme and achieving his memberships. He will complete the BST in July 2020 with a view to specializing in cardiology.
You can read Dr Kavanagh’s shared experience below.
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