Coping With Fear As A Physician During A Pandemic

Throughout my years as a physician, I have had an abundance of moments of fear. Typically, this fear has been related to concern for my patients.





Throughout my years as a physician, I have had an abundance of moments of fear. Typically, this fear has been related to concern for my patients. A fetal bradycardia requiring an emergency cesarean section, a postpartum woman hemorrhaging despite all first line medications and procedures, a woman with a ruptured ectopic pregnancy and dropping hemoglobin. The fear that I have felt over the last month has been different. It’s a fear that I cannot combat with my experience because I have none. It’s a fear that involves not only the well-being of my patients; but also my family, my colleagues and myself. Sometimes it has felt debilitating. I have found myself imagining the absolute worst-case scenario in full detail. Maybe you have felt something similar.