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26hr photo project: "I've never been so proud to be a physician..."

This photo series by a resident doctor in Calgary documents the stories of physicians before and after their call.
By: Rebecca Hay
May 05, 2020
Photo: Rebecca Hay (Instagram)

Dr. Burgess says: "I think that it's a crazy world that we're living in. Things seem to be changing at this rate that is just so difficult to comprehend. There's a lot of unknown, and a lot of anxiety, and a lot of fear - not only for my colleagues and my family and friends, but also for our patients, the children that are vulnerable in the community that we take care of. It's challenging some days, you get caught up in a lot of worry about those people - the special people in our lives and our special patients as well. If anything, this pandemic has shown me a lot of good in people too. I've never been so proud to be a physician, to be a physician in the Pediatric training program here, and the group of people I get to work with are so inspiring. I've cried tears of pride and amazement when it comes to seeing how our resident body has stepped up. It makes me scared, but it makes me proud, and that's a strange mix of emotions." Swipe to see Dr. Burgess before and after her call.

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

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