This pandemic has tested many Americans, especially those in the medical field. Not only are medical professionals fighting exhaustion from grueling shifts, but their faith is also being tested by long hours and difficult decisions. Dr. Sewlyn M. Vickers, who serves as Vice President and Dean of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, was able to provide some insight. Personally, his faith has been tested. “I have to adjust and pray that I can be successful in what I do,” said Dr. Vickers.

Covid-19 has come with many unknowns that have pushed medical professionals into making difficult decisions. Dr. Vickers has ensured the care he provides is done in a manner that provides the best opportunity for all. He pushes himself to be selfless and trusts that God will take care of him when he performs in the right way.

Dr. Vickers hopes that society will change for the better after this pandemic is over. “When we return to our “normal” lives, it will most definitely be different. America needs to have a greater conviction to care for our brothers and sisters, all while understanding that one person isn’t better than the other.”

One of the most significant challenges during this pandemic has been establishing test stations in more impoverished communities. “Poor communities haven’t been getting tested first nor often. There needs to be care for all communities; just taking care of well-off communities doesn’t work. We have seen that. We need to look towards the more vulnerable to help those in poorer communities,” said Dr. Vickers

Dr. Vickers called on the need for more social programs, especially for mothers, as research has proven this will help deconstruct social inequality.

Thank you to healthcare workers everywhere.

-Camille Womack, intern