Simon Abi Aad, MD
As a senior fellow, one is blessed to have a light call schedule compared with that of our younger peers. Having paid our dues during residency and fellowship, we get the privilege of picking our call schedules and are required to cover just 4 weekends for the whole year.
With 3 call weekends left on my schedule, it was smooth sailing. I was scheduled for the weekend of September 8, 2017, which looked to be a warm but unremarkable Miami weekend. I would be rounding on the patients, taking in new consults, and covering for colleagues who were taking the weekend of. There was some talk and background noise that Hurricane Irma, brewing in the Atlantic Ocean, might make its way to Miami in the coming days. After all, it was hurricane season, and that’s a weekly story, nothing to worry about—or so I thought.
I have had my share of calamities during my medical training. I spent a month at a military hospital during wartime in Lebanon, was stuck at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City throughout Hurricane Sandy, and was the weekend on-call fellow during the blizzard of 2015, also in New York City. I figured I had enough “when I was your age” stories to tell younger physicians 20 years from now.
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