May 1st marks National Physicians’ Day in Canada and there’s never been a more important time to honour our doctors as they work to support patients during the COVID-19 crisis.
Many of BC’s physicians are at the forefront of this pandemic, taking time away from their families working around the clock, while risking their physical and mental health. Thank you to all the physicians caring for patients during this difficult time.
While we have heard about the challenges physicians face, we have also heard stories of resilience, strength and inspiration.
Using social media to make a difference
Victoria-based ER physician Dr Bri Bentzon Budlovsky started an Instagram account at the beginning of the pandemic to spread trustworthy information to the public about the virus. Since then, her following has quickly grown to nearly 3,000 people who engage daily with questions and support. Amid a lot of false information circulating on social media, her posts focus on facts and useful information for the public so they can separate fact from fiction when it comes to the virus. Check out her account for daily updates below.
Helping vulnerable populations in a dual health crisis
Dr Anne Nguyen is a Victoria Primary Care and Addiction Medicine physician, who for the past two months has led the Victoria Inner City Covid Response Outreach Team to provide care for homeless and substance-using patients during this dual public health crisis. She has pulled together a team of physicians, outreach nurses, support workers and administrative support at very short notice. Outreach teams have now been embedded in all of Victoria's tent cities. Dr Nguyen's dedication and vision are truly awe-inspiring. And all this while being a busy mother of three young children
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