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26hr photo project: "I’ve always put advocacy at the forefront of my medical journey."

This photo series by a resident doctor in Vancouver documents the stories of physicians before and after their call.
By: Rebecca Hay
January 06, 2021
Photo: Rebecca Hay (Instagram)

Dr. Josh Nash says: "Black patients have better outcomes when they’re cared for by Black physicians. 1% of British Columbia’s demographic consists of self-identified Black individuals, and even though that’s not a large percentage, I don’t think we should base how much we care for patients based on numbers. I’m looking forward to starting new initiatives that will support Black physicians, residents and med students moving forward as the current Advocacy Co-Lead for the Black Physicians of British Columbia. With an enhanced experience at UBC for Black learners, it will help retention and build a larger and more supported Black community in British Columbia.

"It's hard too, because I had to drop a lot of projects when I started residency, I needed to find my footing, and my advocacy is something that I’m learning to incorporate more and more. I feel like I’ve always put advocacy at the forefront of my medical journey, and to take a step back to prioritize residency itself has been difficult." Swipe below to see Dr. Nash before and after call.

About 26hr photo project: Photographer Rebecca Hay is a resident physician training in Paediatrics in Vancouver. "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.

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