Peggy J., MD — The New Icons

When COVID-19 patients started flooding hospitals in Los Angeles, CA, Peggy, Emergency Medicine Physician, and her husband, a fellow healthcare professional, both knew it wasn’t their time to stay home. It was time to get to work. For weeks on end the mother to a one-year-old daughter clocked long hours in the ER, donned layers of PPE with a photograph pinned to her gown and a note that read, “Hi, I’m Peggy! I’m here to take care of you.” and bore the deep indentations from her mask at the end of the day bravely – only to show up and do it all over again, determined. 

RECOGNIZE YOUR LIMITS AND FOCUS YOUR EFFORTS.

WHAT IS YOUR MANTRA FOR LIFE? 

Tomorrow is not guaranteed. In the end what really counts is how we treat each other and who we spend our time with. I want to end each day with no regrets or loose ends. 

 

WHAT DOES A WIN LOOK LIKE FOR YOU? WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE? 

We have those moments every now and then in emergency medicine when we diagnose and treat a truly emergent medical condition. We meet and care for a lot of dying patients coming in through the emergency department, and once in a while we hear they were able to walk out of the hospital on their own a few days later upon discharge. It’s an incredible feeling to know someone has their life back. A win can also be when a patient comes in critically ill, but we are able to intervene quickly and start treatment.  We can see the patient improve before our eyes in the span of a few minutes or hours. If by the time the next medical team takes over and says “oh they don’t look that bad!” – that means I did my job. That’s a win. 

 

WHAT ATTRIBUTES DO YOU HAVE IN ABUNDANCE THAT HAVE ALLOWED YOU TO SUCCEED?

I learn quickly, adapt quickly to new situations, and work best in a team.  No two shifts in the emergency department are the same, so I am constantly learning new skills and getting creative with problem solving. 

As a team player, I’m also never too proud to lift up my colleagues on my medical team and to ask for assistance if it’s for the patient’s best interest. I don’t assume I know everything.

Even though we have our defined roles as in healthcare, I am happy to pitch in wherever I can be helpful. 

 

I WAS PUT ON THIS EARTH TO… Make a difference by helping others and to raise a better generation.

 

I BELIEVE THAT…no matter our differences, we all need to be valued, heard, and loved.

SHOP HER LOOK

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