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Careers Christmas 2021: What a Wonderful World

I’d like to thank . . .

BMJ 2021; 375 doi: (Published 09 December 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n2816
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

This year The BMJ has asked doctors to share their words of thanks to those who have helped them through the pandemic. During what has been a difficult time, clinicians have been supported by their colleagues, families, friends, and others, Abi Rimmer reports

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Carrie MacEwen, acting chair of the General Medical Council

“There are so many people to be grateful to for getting us through the pandemic—within the medical profession and outside it. But what made the biggest difference to me, both professionally and personally, was the technology that allowed me to communicate with the world outside. So, my thanks go to all those who made video conferencing possible.

“Through this, I was able to continue as chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges from my home in Dundee, liaising with the colleges to contribute to the covid response by sharing intelligence.

“It also meant that, although much elective ophthalmology activity was paused, many of those patients who did request urgent care didn’t have to risk coming into hospital unnecessarily, as they were managed through video consultation and community care.

“On a personal level, the pandemic hit at a particularly difficult time for my family, as I had just lost my father. Video conferencing meant that my mother (who moved in with us at the start of lockdown), my husband, and I were able to feel connected with loved ones from our living room in Dundee: my three children in Sydney, New York, and the south of England; my nephew who had just undergone a bone marrow transplant and was shielding; and my new granddaughter Millie, who I eventually …

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