Dr. Jayna Holroyd-LeducAs we welcome the New Year, we are all still unfortunately facing the ongoing professional and personal impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The months of December 2020 and January 2021 have seen the largest impact on the acute care system since the start of the pandemic. I want to thank the members from all ten of the DoM Sections who have volunteered to provide care on our COVID teams, as well as those COVID volunteers from other departments and the DoM members who support the COVID volunteers by increasing their coverage of other patient care services. Department members have shown a clear commitment to providing ongoing high quality care to Albertans during these challenging times.

As we enter the 11th month of the pandemic, many are experiencing moral stress and injury. In an effort to help us support each other, the DoM Office of the Vice-Chair for Physician Wellness & Vitality is planning an event where we can explore this issue together in a supportive environment. Please look for further details in an upcoming DoM announcement.

Fortunately, there is now a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. Although there have been some challenges with vaccine supply, all DoM members can expect to receive their vaccination in the coming weeks. Please pay attention to the emails from the AHS CMO for more details and updates on vaccination.

I want to acknowledge the outstanding leadership that the DoM Site Leads and Section Heads have shown throughout the pandemic. Additionally, I want to thank all those members who have contributed to pandemic planning and educational resource development over the course of the pandemic. Members have made significant and important contributions within all the CARE pillars (Clinical; Administration; Research; Education) over the past year, which are having positive impacts that will carry into the future.

Department members have also continued to develop and succeed in areas unrelated to the pandemic. Please explore some of our recent accomplishments outlined in the 2020 Annual Report and highlighted throughout this newsletter. I also want to mention that we have successfully launched the Nocturnist Acute Medical service at all four acute care sites, which will help us begin to address issues with evening/night clinical coverage. The department is also forming an MTU Restructuring task force to start to address the recommendations of the recent MTU external review. Lastly, I would like to introduce the two new DoM Deputy Department Heads: Dr. Doreen Rabi (Academic Deputy) and Dr. Jennifer Williams (Clinical Deputy).

I look forward to continuing to work with and support all of you, as we get through and past the pandemic. Please remember to be kind to yourselves and your colleagues as we begin to recover from the pandemic.

– Dr. Jayna Holroyd-Leduc