Dr. Jayna Holroyd-LeducIt is with mixed emotions that we enter into the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately the COVID case numbers are rising again within Alberta, particularly in the Southern part of the province. We are also facing the uncertainty that new COVID-19 variants bring. However, the province is making great progress with its vaccination roll out, having already vaccinated many of those at highest risk.

As a department we should be proud of how we have all managed over the past year. We have continued to provide excellent patient care despite the many barriers created by the pandemic. Many members have also realized academic and personal success in the form of accomplishments in teaching, education, research and personal growth. As well, members have supported each other throughout the challenging times the pandemic has created for many. I am particularly proud of the leaders within our department who have gone over and above to help guide and support their colleagues, well also focusing on advancing health and wellness in an inclusive manner.

I want to welcome our new Department Manager, Allison Mirotchnik, to the Department of Medicine. Allison brings the knowledge and skills needed to help lead and support the department as we continue to realize our mission to be widely recognized for advancing health and wellness, attracting the best doctors in an inclusive manner that promotes diversity, leading innovation, creating technologies, and disseminating knowledge. I look forward to working collaboratively with her over the coming years. I also want to acknowledge the departmental administrative team, who work tirelessly behind the scenes to support our physician members.

Please remember to take care of yourselves and to keep looking out for your colleagues. Hopefully both winter and the pandemic will soon be behind us.

– Dr. Jayna Holroyd-Leduc