26hr photo project: "I don’t think any of us expected we’d be going through residency in a pandemic."
Dr. Katie Yurkiw says: "It’s tough. I don’t think any of us expected we’d be going through residency in a pandemic. Everyone knows residency is a hard time, and I think that now there’s this extra layer of difficulty. Not only are you navigating a new and ever-increasing role and the associated challenges and responsibilities, but also a world that’s entirely different then you’ve ever known it to be. Medicine is already isolating, even a year ago before all this started, and you’re very much expected to put on your game face and play through it and not open up if you’re struggling, or stressed, or feeling complete imposter syndrome. COVID adds another layer because now there’s that isolation outside of work. Now, we're putting on a brave face not only at work, but also at home. We’re not at a point where it’s acceptable to say when we’re not okay.
"Being able to let yourself be more open is hard; when you check in with people, letting yourself be vulnerable too. When the barriers come down, you don’t have to pretend everything's ok, and yes, it sucks. And it feels so much less alone." Swipe below to see Dr. Yurkiw before and after call.
About 26hr photo project: Photographer Rebecca Hay is a resident physician training in Paediatrics in Calgary. "Physicians commonly work shifts up to 26 hours long—often without breaks or sleep, caring for families and vulnerable people. A lot can happen in that time, both beautiful and exhausting. I started the photo project "26hr" to highlight the human aspect of medicine and the incredible people working these shifts, and to explore their stories and perceptions."
Rebecca is on Instagram as @liferecaptured.