Passing through the Pandemic—Turning our Stumbling blocks into Stepping Stones


Dr. Marina Abdel Malak, MD, CCFP, BSc.N,

is a Family Physician in Mississauga, Ontario. She has served on several committees and groups, including The Primary Care Network and Collaborative Mental Health Network. She has a passion for medical education, patient empowerment, and increasing awareness about the relationship between mental, emotional, and physical health. Dr. Abdel Malak is highly involved in quality improvement initiatives, and her research interests include strategies to support physician wellness, patient self-management, and optimizing physician education.


Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has had lasting impacts on our lives. Issues such as access to healthcare, financial stability, socialization, burnout, and mental health have been highlighted by the pandemic. This article briefly highlights some of the challenges we have faced as communities— patients and healthcare providers alike­—and ends with a message of hope that stumbling blocks can be used as stepping stones for lasting, impactful change.
Key Words: COVID-19, pandemic, healthcare, socialization, burnout, mental health.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on our lives the past two years.
At the forefront are such issues as access to healthcare, financial stability, socialization, burnout, and mental health.
Referrals to specialists have been delayed, prolonged, or nearly impossible to secure.
Gaps in our system should be identified, in equality, accessibility and lasting impactful changes should be made.
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