Buckeyes on the Frontlines

Works as a resident physician in orthopedic surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

by Candace Johnson

Olivia O’Reilly, a former right-handed ace for the Ohio State softball team, has put her steady hands to use as a resident physician in orthopedic surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

O’Reilly is the eighth former Ohio State student-athlete who we caught up this summer in the midst of working on the front lines during this global COVID-19 pandemic.

How did Ohio State and athletics prepare you for what you are dealing with?

“Teamwork is very important in healthcare, and even more so during a pandemic. Interacting with people of all different specialties, you have to find a way to work together to do the very best you can for your patients.”

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What has this pandemic been like for you?

“Working in medicine at this time can be scary, but we continue to show up every day to take care of others. Pandemic or not, our job as healthcare providers is to provide for the health and medical safety of patients.”

What encouraging words would you say to others on the front lines?

“To those who are working in the hardest hit areas, the highest risk jobs – we support you!”

How can we help?

“Listen to the CDC guidelines. Stay home when you can. Take care of each other. Take care of yourselves.  Have compassion for others less fortunate than you. Respect each other. Stay safe.”

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Olivia O’Reilly – Back then as a Buckeye

Olivia was a four-year letterwinner with the softball team between 2012 and 2015 … three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree … Pierce Phoenix Award recipient … right-handed ace tossed 416.1 innings during her career … ranks ninth among leaders with 40 career wins … graduated in 2015 with a degree in biology … originally from Sylvania, Ohio.


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