Maintaining the Educational Pipeline

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

(10/20/20) A 28 Year Old Physician Died From COVID-19. Her Death Exposes the Harsh Realities of Medical Training
Following the death of a young physician, the author of this piece published in Forbes discusses the difficulties involved in medical education and residency in the United States, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Residency is well known for long hours and low pay, leading to issues when facing a pandemic of a highly infectious and dangerous disease.

(09/17/20) Clinical Placements for Nursing Students in an Era of Pandemic
A new brief from the Oregon Center for Nursing discusses the necessary pivots many nursing education programs and the facilities they partner with are making in order to meet the changing needs of their community. The report found that as opposed to creating new problems for nursing education, the pandemic is exacerbating old problems and offers some suggestions to improve the situation.

(09/11/20) Colleges Are Mailing Brains to Students to Dissect at Home
This article discusses a move from Lafayette College to send neuroscience students brains in the mail to enable hands-on dissection practice in a remote setting. While there is no substitute for in-person guidance, professors leading students with hands-on practice remotely may be a valuable adaptation to virtual education.

(09/09/20) How Black Doctors Are Answering the Call to Reform Medical Education — and Bringing COVID-19 Vaccine Trials to Communities of Color
An article discussing the way the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Black communities and patients, and how Black doctors and medical students are increasingly calling for reforms to improve the quality of medical education regarding both Black patients and physicians.

(09/08/20) COVID-19 Forces Medical School Students to Learn New Era of Medicine
This local news story covers how medical students at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health have adapted their medical education, with increased consideration for public health being necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

(09/01/20) Medical Residents Need Support — Financial and Emotional — for Their COVID-19 Work
This opinion piece published in STAT discusses the need to offer more financial and emotional support for medical residents for their participation in the COVID-19 pandemic. Medical students have made many sacrifices to treat patients during the pandemic, and the author advocates for addressing the physical and psychological harm these residents face.

(08/14/20) How COVID-19 is Shaking Up Medical Education—for Good
An article covering some of the changes medical schools have implemented across the United States to address the COVID-19 pandemic, including those which may remain permanent fixtures following. Further education on telehealth services and increased use of virtual meeting spaces may become permanent components of education going forward

(08/14/20) Guidance on Medical Students’ Participation in Direct In-person Patient Contact Activities
The Association of American Medical Colleges has released guidance to help academic medical centers determine which components of medical education are important and practical for the upcoming academic year.

(08/11/20) Back to Medical School During COVID-19
This article from the Association of American Medical Colleges discusses the many aspects of medical education disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the requirements for medical education remain and need to be met in ways that allow for safety and preservation of personal protective equipment.

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