Maybe I’m not OK

“He came in by ambulance short of breath…” This is how Dr. Taylor Nichols’ tweet thread began. It’s a line many of us could have written – typical of an encounter in the COVID era. But the thread goes on to tell a more complicated story about racism, a physicians duty, and the toll this pandemic has had on many frontline healthcare providers. Dr. Nichols shares his story with us, along with the aftermath of his viral tweet, and his reflections three months on.   

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Dr. Sarah Medeiros, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at UC Davis


Dr. Taylor Nichols, Emergency Medicine Physician in Sacramento, CA, and former Health Policy Fellow at UC Davis.


Twitter thread by Dr. Taylor Nichols

Jewish doctor opens up about treating patient with Nazi tattoos (CNN)

The pandemic was already testing me. Then a man covered in Nazi tattoos showed up in my ER. Washington Post 

Pandemic patient with swastika tattoo leaves Nor Cal doctor questioning his compassion. (San Francisco Chronicle)


Thank you to the UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine for supporting this podcast and to Orlando Magaña at OM Audio Productions for audio production services.

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