The Young Docs on the Front Lines

The Young Docs on the Front Lines

Doctor's Log - April 18, 2020 - 10:04

The COVID-19 pandemic is an all-hands-on-deck situation, and medical residents—generally young doctors at lower levels of pay and responsibility—have been thrust onto the front lines. How fair is that? What are the risks? [And how do doctors in charge balance the needs of a pandemic against the welfare of their own staff?] In Episode 5 of Doctor’s Log, Esther Choo, M.D., considers this much-debated question, and interviews the people at the heart of the issue: the residents at her own Portland, Oregon, hospital. For transcripts, please visit

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About The Show

In Doctor’s Log, a new podcast from The Meteor and Pineapple Street Studios, Dr. Esther Choo, an emergency room physician in Portland, Oregon, will deliver a twice weekly report from the front lines of the coronavirus crisis: her own ER. She takes listeners into the real world doctors and nurses are facing now, as they grapple with the most significant health threat in modern history, and helps us all understand what to do to stay safe. For transcripts, please visit our website (