Sara Pastoor is a family medicine physician; co-director of Presence Health, a direct primary care practice in Austin, Texas; and director of primary care advancement for Elation Health, a technology platform for independent primary care practices.
One of the best-known effects of the Covid-19 pandemic has been the stress and sense of being overwhelmed experienced by frontline health care workers. Often under-resourced and taking casualties within their own ranks, they have been straining under the weight of responsibility to care for a tsunami of Covid casualties. In the center of this relentless firestorm has been the emergency medicine physician, who have been called to give more of themselves than should ever be asked of anyone. Their burnout and exhaustion is unsustainable.