Maintaining the Educational Pipeline

Organizational guidelines and commentaries addressing the education and deployment of health care trainees during the pandemic.

(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.

(03/30/21) How the COVID-19 Pandemic Impacted Medical Education During the Last Year of Medical School: A Class Survey
This article examines how medical education has been effected by the COVID-19 pandemic and how telehealth allowed students to continue their education without major interruptions.

(03/28/21) Workforce Development Implications for Health Care Systems During COVID-19 and Beyond
The American Journal of Managed Care held an interview on their MJH Life Sciences’ Medical World News platform with Andrew Malley, the CEO of Dignity Health Global Education. The discussion expounded on the challenges of workforce development for health care workers during the pandemic as well as potential solutions for optimizing workforce development beyond the pandemic.

(03/09/21) Nursing Students Are Mass Vaccinating Atlanta
Georgia State University is using its nursing program to help with mass vaccination in Atlanta. The COVID-19 pandemic has limited many nursing students in how they can acquire their clinical hours, and mass vaccinating is a valuable way to gain training opportunities lost.

(03/08/21) The Transformational Impact of COVID-19 on Medical Education
Students have played a critical role in increasing workforce surge capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic. This article highlights the challenges that students have faced while contributing to the frontlines and the resulting transformation of medical education.

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