It was disappointing for Helene Okepere to graduate virtually this year because of coronavirus outbreak. But as a medical graduate, it also meant that she'll start her residency amid a pandemic and treat COVID patients right away. (July 10)
- Welcome Helene [INAUDIBLE].
HELENE OKPERE: It was a little disappointing, but I will say that the virtual graduation that my school put on wasn't-- it wasn't terrible. The common emotion was just an emotion of disheartening, an emotion of disappointment, an emotion of some people were upset. Some people were annoyed. It was just kind of a lot of mixed emotions.
Residency is already difficult. You know, you're working long hours. You are, you know, kind of the newbies. You don't really know how to do a lot of things because you're newly minted, and so adding on a pandemic to that just leads for new challenges, new ways of practicing medicine that you weren't really expected to do before.
And so that kind of leads to feelings of uncertainty, nervousness. It's scary in the sense of like, you know, you don't want your family to be exposed to it. You don't want, you know, anyone that is close to you, or anyone that you know, or even someone that is, you know, a family member of one of your close friends to be affected by it in a negative way.