Frontline Pandemic Physicians Hold Event Reflecting on Two Years of COVID-19


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Frontline Pandemic Physicians Hold Event Reflecting on Two Years of COVID-19

One Brooklyn Health Resident Physicians Pause to Publicly Process and Mourn the Impact of the Pandemic Amid a Vastly Inequitable Healthcare System

Brooklyn, New York City—Resident physicians and fellows of One Brooklyn Health will hold a vigil at Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center on Tuesday, March 22, to mark two years of COVID-19 in New York City. The candlelight vigil will reflect on the trauma these frontline physicians have experienced during the pandemic amid a deeply inequitable healthcare system and in light of the particular devastation that occurred in the poor Black and brown communities One Brooklyn Health serves—inside the hospital walls and beyond.

Who: Resident physicians from One Brooklyn Health, represented by the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR-SEIU).

What: One Brooklyn Health’s resident physicians will hold a vigil to grieve and reflect on the impact of COVID-19 in their hospitals. The communities surrounding One Brooklyn Health have been particularly hard-hit throughout the pandemic, which exacerbated existing healthcare inequities that must be addressed to ensure quality patient care, as well as the well-being of frontline healthcare workers.

Where: Outside Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center at 577 Rockaway Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11212.

When: Tuesday, March 22nd at 7:30 PM. The event will start on time and run for 30 minutes.

Working as the frontline physicians for some of Brooklyn’s most marginalized and underserved communities of color surrounding East New York and Brownsville, One Brooklyn Health resident physicians treated patients at the epicenter of the recent Omicron surge and throughout the pandemic. Residents will reflect on the trauma they endured and the impact that New York’s segregated and inequitable healthcare system had on themselves and care for their patients, and the dire need to address these inequities.

The Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR) is the largest house staff union in the United States. A local of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), representing over 20,000 resident physicians and fellows. Our members are dedicated to improving residency training and education, advancing patient care, and expanding healthcare access for our communities.