Abhishek Mogili is a third-year Biology and Political Science student at Northeastern University who works as a department technician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. With the ongoing COVID-19 situations, the hospitals need as many helping hands as possible. Hence, Mogili does whatever he can to lighten the load. In times when he is not assisting with the transport of patients, Mogili is collecting and labeling their tests. He will do anything to help to start from weighing a patient to reminding the doctor forgot to wear her mask if he/she forgets.
Lately, he has been keeping track of the items that go in and out of the patients’ rooms to prevent cross-contamination and reminding staff not to be wasteful with precious resources, such as face masks. Brigham and Women’s is not teeming with patients afflicted with COVID yet. However, they are aware of what might come. Staffs have taken measures to increase the hospital’s capacity in anticipation of handling a large influx of COVID patients. Thus, entire units have been created for it. Elective surgeries have been canceled, and doctors’ schedules have been cleared. Mogili says that initially, the hospital admitted people who were considered presumptive positive cases. Now it’s older people, and in some cases, people with other diseases or conditions that require immediate attention. There are times when tensions are too high but Mogili tries to keep calm and patient and not panic in such situations. Maybe because he’s in a setting where he can do something about the problem, he thinks it helps keep feelings of anxiety at bay.
Mogili has decided to pursue a master’s degree in Public Health focusing on epidemiology and apply to medical school. After Northeastern, Mogili, who is also a cadet in the Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, said he plans to commission as a second lieutenant and hopes to work on global health issues. In his own words, there’s nowhere else Mogili would rather be right now.
Shahjadi Jemim Rahman