“One first-year fellow took her vacation in her apartment, instead of visiting the beach—definitely a disappointment,” Dr. Lohr says. “She’s concerned about her boyfriend, a neurology fellow in Michigan [who was] called on to cover internal medicine patients.
“Since the other first-year fellow’s daughter interrupts her studying, she studies in our administrative assistant’s office,” she adds. “Her husband is finishing his degree in another state, but visited for a while. Both first-year fellows are in the process of job seeking, but obviously not traveling.”
On the bright side, being able to study from home has reduced childcare costs for a pair of second-year fellows training with Dr. Lohr. “Their older daughter is restless staying indoors, so they visited my back pasture to walk outdoors,” she says.
Catherine Kolonko is a medical writer based in Oregon.