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by Alyssa Burgart

Last night, my phone exploded with texts from colleagues when a former anesthesiology resident at Oregon Health Sciences University, the famous “Tik Tok Doc” was named in a $45 million sexual assault complaint. In addition to the resident Dr. Jason L. Campbell, the suit names OHSU, a prominent anti-harassment advocate, residency program directors, leadership in the departments of Anesthesiology and Emergency medicine, and others in power. The 39-page suit alleges a massive institutional failure and highlights the features in a system where harassment thrives and flourishes. Sexual misconduct is inherently unethical, yet these behaviors pervade our profession, alter career trajectories, and prevent us from being our best selves or providing quality care to others.…

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by Alyssa Burgart, MD, MA

Hands wearing blue gloves administer an injection into a person's armThe first COVID-19 vaccine is available to healthcare workers this week. (December 14, 2020) Image: Canva

I could be vaccinated against COVID-19 before Christmas this year. I’m ready to roll up my sleeve and accept the injections. As an anesthesiologist who places breathing tubes in patients’ airways for surgery, I’m at unique risk for contracting COVID-19. But I’m not sure I should be first in line. I am fortunate to work in a hospital where I have access to PPE (personal protective equipment), received numerous training sessions on safety, and most of my patients are tested for SARS-CoV-19 before surgery.…

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