Essential Worker Spotlight: Kelly Mulquin
Medical school isn’t an easy task. Especially during a pandemic.
Currently a fourth-year medical student at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), Kelly Mulquin has been adapting to a rapidly-changing environment over the past year. As a medical student, Mulquin studies a different medical specialty each month, and most recently is on a rotation in Emergency Medicine.
“It's been a big adjustment,” she said. “I was pulled off an OBGYN rotation in March and did about four months of virtual electives. It was a big shift going from delivering babies at all hours of the night to trying to learn medicine via online modules and lectures. We returned to the hospitals in the summer and it's been full steam since then.”
Mulquin mentioned working in the ER and the Intensive Care (ICU) was especially eye-opening.
“It's one thing to read about the pandemic and how draining it is for providers, family members, and patients. It's another to experience it firsthand,” she said. “It's hectic, challenging, but also very meaningful to care for patients and families on their most vulnerable days.”
The silver lining for her during these challenging times: Tennis.
“It's one of the few sports where you can socially distance. Tennis has been a great release for me,” she said.
Mulquin participates in USTA League mixed doubles and plays recreationally in the Philadelphia area, specifically at Logan Tennis Club & Seger Park courts.
“Our community is full of fun, kind, and welcoming people who love to play. My phone is always blowing up with people wanting to hit. It's the best.”
As an undergraduate student, Mulquin played Division I tennis at Saint Joseph’s University. She mentioned that tennis enhanced her college experience and introduced her to lifelong friends.
Mulquin is also now applying to Diagnostic Radiology residency programs, and is feeling very optimistic and looking forward to getting the COVID-19 vaccine soon.
“Being on the frontlines has been a valuable experience,” she said. “I'm proud to work alongside so many dedicated, bright, and compassionate individuals.”