Doctors all over the world are caring for the sick, both those with COVID-19 and patients with different conditions. OSSM salutes all professionals on the front lines of this war with an invisible enemy and congratulates our alumni on using their skills and talents to advance the health of others. Here are some of their stories:
Sunil A., Class of ’97, is providing palliative care inpatient consultation at Multicare Auburn hospital in South King County, Washington, near the first beachhead of COVID-19 in the US. He also runs a private practice clinic in Seattle, which has shifted largely to telemedicine in the wake of COVID-19.
Natasha B. is stepping out of her job redesigning medical school curriculum to do some local hospitalist work for the Choctaw Nation.
John B. is in Wathington DC seeing patients.
Zach C., class of ’11, is a Core RN and Level 1 trauma responder at the Childrens Hospital Emergency Department at OUMI.
LeAnn C. is typically a gastroenterologist in NYC but is currently in the medicine wards.
Hallie C. is an ER Nurse in Fayetteville Arkansas. She also helps in ICU.
Ryan D., M.D, is a hospitalist taking care of patients downtown OKC.
Autumn E. and her husband Luke, both class of ’03, are physicians in Orlando, Fla. As a hospitalist in OB, Autumn sees patients in the largest women’s Emergency Department. Luke is still covering Emergency Department call (and seeing patients via telemedicine in the office).
Daniel F. is a cardiothoracic surgery fellow at Vanderbilt, still operating to meet the cardiothoracic needs of middle Tennessee. He will move back to OKC next year to work for Integris.
Samantha K. works for a surgical group as APRN and RNFA
Jodi R. is an ER nurse in Kentucky and her husband is a paramedic firefighter. She had the privilege of helping set up her hospital’s disaster response plan and used her experiences from working as a medic and nurse in Oklahoma.
Jackie S., Class of 2010, is a physician assistant working at an urgent care in Arizona. So far so safe!
Dar. S. is in nephrology and critical care in Fort Worth, Texas. He says that rounding the Covid wards is stressful but it makes him appreciate and remember his oath to care for the sick no matter the circumstances.
Osamah T., class of 2016, isn’t working on the frontlines, but his team of students is working to develop low cost ventilators and other tools for providers for the Oklahoma healthcare community. He will graduate in May from the University of Oklahoma’s Biomedical Engineering program, a fairly new program established when he started OU.