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Residents at IU Health Arnett fighting coronavirus

The residency program at IU Health Arnett is facing multiple challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted: Jul 1, 2020 11:32 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- The residency program at IU Health Arnett is facing multiple challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Residents there said turning to Telemedicine has been a great tool, but not being able to see patients in person has drawbacks.

The three-year family medicine program allows the doctors-in-training to go through various health practices.

News 18 spoke with many of them this Wednesday evening.

They said they are grateful for all the resources they have to treat patients including those fighting coronavirus.

"These are real cases," said Tajind "TJ" Dhasi. "These are real lives that are being lost from this condition and we have real ways of preventing it. It can be as simple as wearing a mask and washing your hands."

Dr. Dhasi is entering his last year of residency.

He said he has thoroughly enjoyed his experience at IU Health Arnett. He said it is hands-on and he has his own set of patients to care for.

His biggest concern with the pandemic is his inability to connect with patients through Telehealth.

On the other hand Dr. Aimebenomon Idahose said Telehealth use is on the rise which is great for the future of medicine. 

She said that doesn't mean society can get away from visiting doctor's offices. 

Dr. Idahose said coronavirus is making it difficult to visit in person.

"It's a scary reality unfortunately and people are dying, but there are things we can do to protect ourselves and our community and it can be as simple as wearing a mask," said Idahose.

Both Dr. Idahose and Dr. Dhasi said anxiety and depression are on the rise during the pandemic.

However they added they haven't prescribed more medicine due to those conditions, but said a majority of patients said the pandemic is having an effect on their mental health.

Another resident, Dr. Manny Sekhon said he learned plenty about Telehealth while studying in Canada. 

He said that is the ideal practice to preach during the pandemic.

"Every health care provider is shaping their practice around Telehealth," said Sekhon. "IU Health Arnett has room to grow especially with advancement in medicine. Telemedicine is at its initial stage."

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