Maintaining the Educational Pipeline
Organizational guidelines and commentaries addressing the education and deployment of health care trainees during the pandemic.
(07/01/20) We Need More Doctors
A press release from the Association of American Medical Colleges calling for an increase in enrollment of 30% of 2002 levels to be sustained in the future to maintain an adequate supply of physicians. The Association fears that the coronavirus pandemic has threatened enrollment and may put the supply at risk in the coming years.
(07/01/20) Among Those Disrupted by COVID-19: the Nation’s Newest Doctors
An article discussing the ways in which medical residencies for new physicians have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. From mandatory quarantines delaying start dates to virtual visits for housing to reductions in team sizes within hospitals, significant changes to residency are occurring for this year’s newest group of residents.
(06/26/20) US Doctor Shortage Worsens as Efforts to Recruit Black and Latino Students Stall
An article covering the issues experienced maintaining a medical education pipeline that better reflects the United States population as a whole. As nearly two in five current doctors are entering retirement age, the COVID-19 pandemic has made recruiting a more representative sample for medical education significantly more difficult.
(06/22/20) Medical Education Gets Creative During the Pandemic
An article discussing what the medical program at Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine did to adapt to the new changes in education in response to COVID-19. Medical schools across the nation have adapted to new methodologies such as these to help their students continue on their paths to becoming health care providers.
(06/21/20) 2 Ways How Coronavirus Has Severely Impacted Medical Education
This article covers two major impacts COVID-19 has had on medical education, those being loss of traditional clinical immersion opportunities and added administrative complexities to licensing exams.
(06/16/20) DACA Physicians Serve on COVID-19 Front Lines While Awaiting Court Ruling
An article highlighting the situation many medical residents participating in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are finding themselves in, as they work to treat COVID-19 patients while the supreme court debates their right to remain in the United States.
(06/15/20) How Will the COVID-19 Pandemic Affect Medical Education?
An article covering some of the ways in which COVID-19 has interrupted medical education, and some of the ways in which it will likely continue to deliver issues with the medical education pipeline. Faculty at medical schools are on the front lines treating patients with COVID-19, as well as having their salaries cut in the face of the upcoming school year.
(06/11/20) What to Do if Your Medical School Is Online This Fall Due to Coronavirus
As COVID-19 disrupts traditional formats for education, medical schools across the United States are making decisions on how to continue their essential role of training the health care providers of the future. This article highlights these issues as students and universities are grappling with deferments, online education, and some return to in-person lecturing.
(06/08/20) GW Medical Students Resume Clinical Rotations
As George Washington University’s medical facilities transition to full operation again, the School of Medicine and Health Sciences has announced a resumption of clinical rotations and in-person academic operations for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic placed emergency plans into effect.
(06/01/20) Graduating Medical School Early to Help During the Pandemic Wasn’t Anything Like Going to War
A commentary from Gabriel Redel-Traub, one of the many medical students from NYU Grossman School of Medicine who chose to graduate early in order to join the workforce and address COVID-19.
(05/27/20) Residency Match 2021: How COVID-19 Is Forcing Major Adjustments
An article from the American Medical Association covering the changes being made to residency match programs across the country for 2021 in response to COVID-19. As COVID-19 has limited the ability for medical students to gain clinical experience, supplemental protocols are being developed to maintain the education of physicians.
(05/21/20) Pulled From Clinical Work, Medical Students Mobilize Huge Volunteer Effort
An article highlighting some of the ways in which medical students at University of Virginia have managed to contribute to patient management without directly working in the hospital settings. These activities include hosting community hotlines to triage COVID-19 symptoms and engaging with elderly patients in isolation, among others
(05/18/20) Doctors in Training Learn Hard Lessons During the Pandemic
An article discussing the impact of COVID-19 on the 130,000 medical residents in the health care workforce. The pandemic has increased their hours and added emotional stressors, bringing into question how this will impact post-COVID-19.
(05/08/20) They Had Plans To Go To Nursing School. Maryland Officials Hope Coronavirus Hasn’t Changed Their Minds.
An article discussing fears of an even greater shortage of nurses following the COVID-19 pandemic. Barriers to entry such as cost and the risk to nurses and their families are listed as potential issues further driving a shortage.
(04/27/20) The University Of Maryland School Of Nursing Offers Early-Exit Option To Students To Bolster Nursing Workforce During Pandemic
The University of Maryland School of Nursing has announced an early exit option for select students in the entry-into-practice Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) master’s program, for those expected to graduate in May 2020, in an effort to meet Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s public health surge plan for COVID-19.
(04/10/20) 8 Medical Schools Allowing Early Graduation To Boost COVID-19 Workforce
A publication listing eight medical schools that are allowing students to graduate early to join the healthcare workforce amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
(04/09/20) How To Think About COVID-19 Like an M.D.
An article that shows how Harvard medical students are creating a free curriculum to give their peers and other physicians-eye view of the pandemic.
(04/09/20) Pharmacy Students To Graduate Early In Preparation For Future COVID-19 Impact
An article about how Purdue University’s College of Pharmacy is granting early graduation to 144 students to help deal with the shortage of pharmacists during the COVID-19 pandemic.
(04/09/20) Ohio’s School Of Nursing To Allow Seniors To Graduate Early, Join Workforce In Fight Against COVID-19
An article about Ohio School of Nursing allowing early graduation for students to join the workforce to fight the pandemic.
(04/09/20) U.S. Resumes Visa Processing So IMGs Can Join COVID-19 Fight
An article about how the U.S. Department has agreed to an AMA request to resume processing visa applications at U.S. embassies and consulates to ensure that non-US citizen international medical graduates (IMGs) can enter the country and begin their residency training programs this summer to help join the fight against COVID-19.
(04/08/20) MSU Makes Available Graduating Health Care Students To Aid In COVID-19 Response
An article about how Michigan State University is making available hundreds of healthcare students, who successfully completed their program requirements, to Michigan healthcare systems to aid in the COVID-19 response.
(04/01/20) Medical Student Education In the Time of COVID-19
This article discusses how COVID-19 affects the medical preclerkship and clerkship learning environments. It also speculates about how the future of medical education may be influenced by the pandemic.
(04/01/20) AAMC Interim Guidance On Medical Students’ Participation In Direct Patient Contact Activities
This document offers guidance from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) on how medical programs should approach student participation during the COVID-19 crisis. This includes involvement with both patients who have COVID-19 and those who do not.
(03/31/20) COVID-19: Temporary Licenses Possible For Illinois Nursing Students
An article about the call for more temporary licenses for Illinois nursing students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
(03/31/20) ‘The Future Is Today’: Medical Students In The COVID-19 Pandemic
A blog that examines how medical students can provide needed help in the COVID-19 pandemic.
(03/30/20) COVID-19 Response and Resources
A list of health professional education organizations and agencies and their COVID-19 responses and resources compiled by the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education.