My name is Ruth Wilhelm (DYLN ‘20) and about a year ago, I applied to become a Student Leader with Apollo: Youth in Medicine. Initially, I was interested in the physician shadowing aspect of the program, but also valued the opportunity to develop my leadership skills. I knew this program would challenge me to be a creative problem-solver. However, one challenge I did not foresee was the COVID-19 pandemic. This outbreak disrupted the last two days of Apollo’s 2020 Spring Shadowing Session, which we had been planning since the summer. This was disappointing for students, physicians, and the team.
We handled that disappointment amidst the many adjustments to virtual learning, working from home, and social distancing. With added time on student’s hands, we saw a unique opportunity to offer additional opportunities to learn about healthcare.