Father and daughter, both doctors, work together on the COVID-19 unit


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Genevieve remembers being in an ice cream shop with her father when they met one of his patients — and he immediately remembered that the patient had a connection to the tractors.

For both Genests, working on a COVID-19 unit is a different type of medicine than they usually practice. One task is to call the families of the patients, who are not allowed to visit, “every day to let them know what their loved ones are,” said Jacques.

Doctors work hard, but “if I have to give a hug, it’s the nurses,” he said. “They’re here 24/7.”

It’s a medical family. Genevieve’s paternal grandfather, Dr. Jacques Genest, was a clinician and researcher who founded the Montreal Institute for Clinical Research. Her maternal grandmother had a doctorate in biology.


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