Health Professions Education

Information about changes to medical education and clinical experience opportunities due to the pandemic.

(07/02/21) The Health Care Workforce is Understaffed for Life After COVID-19
This opinion piece from STAT News discusses the profound impact the COVID-19 pandemic has made on the health care workforce. As the nation slowly approaches a sense of normalcy, an anticipated spike in the demand for health care workers is magnifying the worsening health workforce shortages that negatively affect the health care system. Reaching pre-pandemic levels of the supply in health care workers may need to begin with improving the educational pipeline and investing in a higher paying labor market.

(06/18/21) How the COVID-19 Pandemic Has Demonstrated a Need for Increased Leadership Education in Medicine
The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the need for effective leadership as decision-makers in health care were forced to make challenging decisions. The U.S. medical education system currently produces clinically and scientifically competent professionals at all levels but falls short of providing effective leadership training. This commentary from Dovepress highlights the need to incorporate leadership skills in medical education curricula.

(06/17/21) AMA Announced Policies Adopted on Medical Trainees, Residents, Fellows
The American Medical Association (AMA) has recently announced newly adopted policies by physician and medical student leaders across the nation during the AMA House of Delegates meeting. Some of the policies adopted by the House of Delegates include reduced costs for medical trainees, the addition of employee benefits, and strengthened measures to safeguard residents and fellows as they complete their medical training.

(05/24/21) How Medical Jargon Can Make COVID Health Disparities Even Worse
This article from NPR discusses how a student from Harvard Medical School, Pooja Chandrashekar, recruited more than 175 multilingual health professionals to begin the COVID-19 Health Literacy Project. The COVID-19 Health Literacy Project works to ensure access and understanding of medical guidance is available in many different languages, in an easily-understood format.

(04/30/21) Challenges of Transitioning to Residency During Pandemic
The American Medical Association released a discussion on their AMA COVID-19 Daily Video Update platform which focused on the challenges of medical students transitioning to medical residency during the COVID-19 pandemic. The speakers were Kimberly Lomis, MD, vice president, undergraduate medical education innovations, AMA and Eric Holmboe, MD, chief research, milestone development, and evaluation officer, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The discussion also provided solutions to addressing these challenges as well as resources that could assist both medical students and residency programs.

(04/15/21) COVID-19: Impact on Orthopaedic Graduate Medical Education in the U.S.: AOA Critical Issues Symposium
The COVID-19 pandemic had a profound impact on the delivery of medical education. In efforts to contain the spread of the virus, physicians were forced to reduce the number of outpatient visits and elective surgeries. The educational instruction of orthopaedic residents and fellows was challenged during the spring of 2020, forcing trainees in COVID-19 hotspots to practice in COVID-19 units. These challenges were highlighted during a recent symposium held by the American Orthopedic Association which addressed the critical issues that affect orthopaedic leadership and practice. A spokesperson for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, a program director, and a graduate resident presented their experiences and perspectives on the impacts of COVID-19 restrictions on orthopedic residency and fellowships.

(04/01/21) Immediate Consequences and Solutions Used to Maintain Medical Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic for Residents and Medical Students: A Restricted Review
This article discusses how medical education has been hugely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and how academic teaching has adapted to comply with social distancing measures.

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