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Gunther Adolfo Hasselkus Sánchez

International Research Training Group 'Temporalities of Future'

PhD Candidate

Anthropology

Project: "From medical student to covidologist. A disruptive and empowering experience of young general physicians who worked in a temporary hybrid COVID-19 unit during the first year of the pandemic in Mexico City"

Education:

Since 05/2022

PhD Candidate, International Research Training Group ‘Temporalities of Future’.

Since 09/2019

PhD Candidate in Social Anthropology. Research line: “Anthropology of Health & Illness. Culture, Power, and Life Strategies”. CIESAS, Mexico City.

08/2017 – 08/2019

Master in Social Anthropology. CIESAS, Mexico City.

08/2013 – 08/2017

Bachelor studies in Social Anthropology. ENAH, Mexico City.

08/2009 – 08/2013

Bachelor in Communication Sciences. Universidad Intercontinental, Mexico City.

Work Experience

Since 05/2022

Researcher, International Research Training Group ‘Temporalities of Future’.

02/2021 – 05/2021

Researcher in the INAH-SEP project on sociocultural perception around Covid-19 vaccines and the vaccination campaign in Mexico.

11/2015 – 01/2017

Researcher and analyst for Bitácora Social México.

04/2016 – 07/2016

Research internship at the Citizen Committee of the Fray Bernardino Álvarez Psychiatric Hospital.

08/2013 – 02/2014

Documentary research assistant at the film producer Canal Seis de Julio.

08/2009 – 07/2012

Communication Assistant for UPA! Cure Duchenne Foundation.

05/2008 – 07/2008

Volunteer at Easter Seals Camp Kysoc for children and adults with physical and mental disabilities, Kentucky, USA.

Project: "From medical student to covidologist. A disruptive and empowering experience of young general physicians who worked in a temporary hybrid COVID-19 unit during the first year of the pandemic in Mexico City"


Supervisor: Dr. Rubén Muñoz Martínez (CIESAS)


Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, most countries required the presence of young general physicians to cope with a high demand of patients who required health services in both, the public and private sectors. Due to this call, several physicians who were recent graduates and with little professional experience, were invited to participate in this major health crisis. These young physicians understood the risks implied and developed different self-care strategies to attend and unattend their own health, but also, for most of them, this experience also became a personal and professional disruption which meant, among other things: 1) The resignification of the role as a general physician. 2) Evoked the need to rethink horizontality in medical practice. 3) Offered a wider scope of life opportunities and professional horizons for the young general physicians who participated.

The present research analyzes the social representations of young general physicians regarding their professional practice during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic in Mexico City. By doing so, this research intends to offer a broader outlook on how this experience may lead to future changes in the biomedical organizational culture.

The interpreted data comes from one year of online fieldwork by the coding and categorization of a series of variables obtained from online semi-structured interviews made with general physicians who worked in a hybrid temporary COVID-19 unit, that is a public-private initiative, launched in Mexico City.

Article

Hasselkus, Gunther; Gómez, Itzel. (2021): “Fear, mistrust and/or rejection towards COVID-19 vaccines in Mexico“. Cultural Supplement. El Tlacuache. Centro INAH, Morelos. https://www.inah.gob.mx/images/otros/20211119_Tlacuache_1004.pdf

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