Summer/Fall 2020 Issue
By Badr Ratnakaran, MBBS
PGY-3 Resident in Psychiatry, Carilion Clinic
At Carilion Clinic, the current COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose challenges in the mental healthcare of our patients, and training of our residents. We have witnessed a rising need for mental healthcare as our patients suffer from direct and indirect losses from the pandemic including unemployment, loss of housing, and relationships. We have transitioned our outpatient clinics to provide videoconferencing for our patients using Vidyo software. Carilion Clinic also provides weekly support group sessions for residents to take care of their well-being amidst the challenges posed by the pandemic.
We joyfully look forward to our new batch of nine interns joining us by the end of next month. We are planning for orientation sessions to be conducted online and by videoconferencing to honor social distancing guidelines. We anticipate multiple challenges from the pandemic to our learning environment for trainees and medical students as we try to keep minimal direct physical interactions with our patients.
In addition to having nine new interns join us, we will have our PGY-4 residents and our Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellows graduate from our program. Congratulations to our Residents, Dr. Glen Oriafo, Dr. Elham Rahmani, Dr. John Buabbud, Dr. Sahar Alee Koloukani, Dr. Kathleen Elswick and Dr. Ilan Kerman, and to our Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellows, Dr. Tahnee Wong-Okafor and Dr. Erin Hayes. We wish them all the best in their future endeavors.
September 25-26, 2020
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