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The Worst Patient—A Physician With COVID-19

Educational Objective
To understand the challenges of being a physician with COVID-19
1 Credit CME

Physicians are accused of being the worst patients. Some of us wear that label with a perverse sense of honor. We think it means that we have unparalleled dedication because we can see patients while dehydrated and sick, because we can operate while febrile and exhausted, and because we sacrifice our own needs by putting our responsibilities to patients first. To us, there is no greater humiliation than to be thought of as weak. I have missed fewer than 2 weeks of work in 30 years, and most of that was a result of a ski lift accident, 2 long operations, and a lengthy recuperation. And I was proud (okay, I still am proud) that I operated 2 weeks later with that broken leg and ankle, and the patients did well.

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Article Information

Corresponding Author: Bevan Yueh, MD, MPH, 420 Delaware Street SE, MMC 420

Minneapolis, MN 55455 (byueh@umn.edu).

Published Online: August 20, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2020.2435

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.

Additional Contributions: I thank all the persons in this article for granting their permission to publish this information.

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