Maintaining the Educational Pipeline

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

(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.

(07/27/20) Medical School, Blackness and Blame
An opinion piece discussing the impact of racism and racial identity on medical education, especially in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic. The author, a psychiatrist from Duke University, offers perspective and strategies to address racial issues in medical education and discusses how they have impacted the current pandemic.

(07/27/20) Want to Be a Doctor? A Lawyer? COVID-19 Cases are Rising, but These High-stakes Exams Are in-person Only
An article discussing how the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is still only being allowed to be taken in-person, requiring prospective medical students to face risks associated with large gatherings indoors. There are fears these risks predominately disadvantage rural and poorer students, and may lead to some waiting to take the exam, delaying medical education.

(07/16/20) Applying to Residency is Tough Even in Normal Times. The Pandemic isn’t Helping.
This article from the Association of American Medical Colleges describes how the COVID-19 pandemic has taken an already difficult and stressful process of applying to medical residency and amplified the difficulties associated.

(07/14/20) As Residents Get Better at Treating COVID-19, They May Become Worse at Their Own Specialties
An article discussing the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on medical residents working in specialty care. As the pandemic has forced specialists to help treat COVID patients, residents are getting fewer opportunities to work with patients and less experience in their specialty.

(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.

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