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University of California, Davis
Charandip Sandhu, MD
2020 was quite a year. Pandemic. COVID babies.
Cancelled weddings. White Coats for Black Lives. We
learned about the donning and doffing of PPE. We also
learned about courage, teamwork, and the fact that
kindness absolutely matters.
On February 26, 2020, UC Davis made headlines around
the world when it announced the first community-spread
COVID-19 index case in the United States. The CDC
noted, " This case was... picked up by astute clinicians. "
Two of our residents, Adaobi Belonwu, CA-1, and Nancy
Saied, CA-2, were part of the primary critical care team
involved in this patient's care, and were among the first
in the nation to quarantine due to possible exposure to
community-spread COVID-19.
In March of 2020,, the World Health Organization declared
a global pandemic. UC Davis was the only academic
medical center on the West Coast to participate in the
Pfizer vaccine trial, with the New England Journal of
Medicine recently confirming the safety and efficacy
of this vaccine. UC Davis began vaccinating staff on

December 15, 2020. Within one week, every single one of
our CA residents was vaccinated with the first vaccine.
We value our dedicated residents as critical members of
the healthcare team. Every one of our residents received
a personal elastomeric respirator as well. The Academic
Staff Assistance Program expanded hours and staff for
mental wellbeing services. Our department held a daily
call-in for updates and discussions about the pandemic
and our hospital/department response. Faculty, residents,
and CRNAs volunteered to serve on the COVID surge
response team.
Amidst the pandemic fears and frustrations, we made
sure to take the time to celebrate our residents. The
Class of 2020 received a hybrid virtual send-off. Dozens
and dozens of family members, friends, faculty, and
resident colleagues joined on Zoom, while the graduates
socially distanced in person to receive recognition for all
of their hard work during their residency. Drs. Jeff Tully
and Reihaneh Forghany transformed from graduates
to junior faculty here at UC Davis. Our cardiac fellow, Dr.
Nicole Shirakawa, also joined the UC Davis family as

Class of 2020

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