Congratulations to Dr. Kasey Grewe!
Dr. Kasey Grewe, one of our critical care fellows, on December 6 published an article in the national magazine, The Atlantic, on her harrowing experiences as a third-year anesthesiology resident taking care of critically ill COVID-19 patients during the peak of the pandemic in New York City last spring.
Dr. Grewe is originally from Portland, Oregon, and went to Pomona College in Claremont before spending eight years at Columbia University as a medical student, anesthesiology resident, and finally chief resident. She joins us for her first fellowship year in Critical Care Medicine and will follow that with a second-year fellowship in Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology.
Her article in The Atlantic stems from a series of emails that she sent to friends and family during the chaotic spring of 2020, when the crush of COVID patients in New York hospitals far exceeded capacity. She describes how hospitals turned operating rooms into ICUs, holding as many as four patients on ventilators. Instead of doing routine cases, anesthesiology residents functioned as intensivists managing up to 12 patients at a time.
In an email to our department, Chair Maxime Cannesson, MD, PhD, commended Dr. Grewe for writing the article.
"It conveys the courage, the strength, the selflessness, and the compassion it takes to be an anesthesiology resident in a large academic medical center during the peak of the pandemic," he wrote. "It also speaks to all of us in Anesthesiology and Critical Care -- faculty, attending physicians, fellows, residents, CRNAs, nurses -- who engage every day at the bedside."
"We are all very proud to be your colleagues," Dr. Cannesson said.
To read Dr. Grewe's full article, click here.