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Esther Choo MD MPH @choo_ek
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I didn’t know Dr. Tamara O’Neal, the ER doc who was shot and killed at #MercyHospital today, personally. But here’s what we can presume about her, simply by dint of being an ER attending at a busy urban hospital.
First, she worked hard. Our specialty is competitive and tough to match into. Mercy is a renowned hospital in a Chicago. She was accomplished and smart. What a loss to the field.
Next: she was a true helper. If you want an easy job with maxed out $$, you don’t work at a busy urban level 2 trauma center. People who choose the tough ER jobs in the big cities are a specific breed. Mission driven. Big hearts. Nights, weekends, holidays, there for it all.
Dr. O’Neal also had grit, that most magical of qualities. There are very few female POCs in our field; they don’t get there by accident. It’s an uphill journey. She had to be special, tenacious, a stand-out doc.
EM docs across the country are grieving. Thank you, Dr. O’Neal, for bringing your awesomeness to this crazy job of ours. We feel the void of all you would have done for your patients, your community, our specialty.
Dr. O'Neal in residency:
Earlier today, during her ER shift. She was a beloved doc at Mercy. That smile.
She was 38 years old. The number one word I’m hearing from those who knew her from medical school, residency, and Mercy is “kind.” Again and again, “kind.”
Fundraiser for her funeral. 100% of donations will go to her family… @feminemtweets
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