What We’ve Lost

Before Covid, I started working on a short animated cartoon about medical school.  

I created a somewhat challenging scene that gave me the chance to push my animation software (ToonBoom Harmony) and my workstation to its limits.

 It was a quick pan across how I recall our first-year classes of medical school.  When Covid hit, the workload of trying to keep our office functioning pushed my fun hobbies to the side. The project is unfinished.   Recently, I went back to look at it in its rough form.

It is now so sad.  

This scene will not happen this year.  

It may not happen for a couple of years.  Most learning will be virtual.  There will be some small meetings with distancing, but this will be a minor part.   How will these new students cope?  How will they even get to know each other?  I’ve heard the comment:  “These kids are different than us!  They’re used to this.”  

I don’t know.  

It feels like such a loss.

Steven Mussey MD

Steven Mussey, M.D. is a physician in Internal Medicine, practicing in the Fredericksburg area for more than twenty years. He grew up in Springfield, Virginia and earned a degree in Physics from The University of Virginia, Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his medical degree at The George Washington University and was inducted into the medical honor society AOA. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. He served in the Air Force for four years before entering into private practice. He particularly enjoys geriatric medical care and working with complex patients. For almost a quarter century, he has been practicing with one other Internist. Both doctors enjoy practice in a small, but busy office, and plan on working into their 70s, as long as they can still find their way to the office. Dr. Mussey is also an avid cartoonist and has a weekly cartoon in the local newspaper. He also enjoys cartoon animation and has had several public service cartoons playing regularly on the television cable systems.

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1 Response

  1. Terry Nugent says:

    In the corporate world, most learning is online. Education lags. Students will be better prepared for the working world (to the extent that there is one) if they learn to learn at home.

    Medicine and health care in general are of course different. However, many disciplines such as psychiatry and psychiatry are being done remotely and will probably continue in that mode from now on. A good proportion of can be done remotely as well,

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