AAMC hosts virtual press conference on view from front lines of the coronavirus

On March 19, David Skorton, MD, president and CEO of the AAMC, hosted a virtual press conference with AAMC experts to discuss how the nation’s teaching hospitals and medical schools are on the front lines of responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the latest in medical research Presenters included Janis Orlowski, MD, MACP, AAMC chief health care officer; Ross McKinney, Jr. MD, AAMC chief scientific officer; and Alison Whelan, MD, AAMC chief medical education officer.

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AAMC responds to the surgeon general on cessation of “elective” surgeries

On March 15, the AAMC and three other hospital associations sent a letter to the U.S. surgeon general responding to his call for an immediate cessation of “elective” surgeries. “A blanket directive to cancel elective and non-urgent procedures usurps the proper role of the physicians caring for patients and their families, collaborating closely with the hospital, to determine what is in the patient’s best interests,” the letter said.

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Guidance for medical students on clinical rotations

On March 17, the AAMC and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) issued guidance calling for medical schools to pause all student clinical rotations until at least March 31. This pause will allow the medical education community, including learners, to develop appropriate educational strategies and alternative clinical experiences to best assure safe, meaningful clinical learning for students. It will also help with concerns about the availability of personal protective equipment.

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Updated AAMC coronavirus resources for academic medicine community

The AAMC continues to make daily updates to its collection of coronavirus resources for the academic medicine community, including recommendations for conducting virtual interviews, updates on AAMC services, highlighted member activities, and more.

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The new coronavirus affects us all. But some groups may suffer more.

Certainly, the novel coronavirus is worrisome for everyone. But for marginalized populations who live with poverty, health inequities, and other burdens, the outbreak could be especially brutal. AAMCNews explores how can we step up to meet their needs.

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AAMC, Nebraska Medicine to host webinar on building a COVID-19 communications strategy

On Monday, March 23 at 1:00 pm ET, the AAMC and UNMC/Nebraska Medicine will host an educational webinar featuring experts from UNMC/Nebraska Medicine. Presenters will share their COVID-19 communications strategy and experience to date, including early lessons learned and best practices for the nation’s academic medical centers.

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MedBiquitous webinar on leveraging health IT for COVID-19

With the current pandemic of coronavirus (COVID-19), the global health care information technology community has again been challenged to provide evidence-based solutions to aid clinicians in quick, effective clinical guidance. On April 7, Stephanie H. Hoelscher, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing, and Dwayne Hoelscher, University Medical Center Health System will host MedBiquitous Community Connection webinar, “Electronic Health Records: Clinical Decision Support Lessons Learned with Ebola and Zika for COVID-19.” Registration is required for this free webinar.

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Deadline extended for 2020 AAMC Award nominations
Each year the AAMC recognizes and celebrates members of the academic medicine community who are making significant advances in medical education, cutting-edge patient care, groundbreaking research, and outstanding community engagement. The AAMC is still accepting nominations for 2020 and has extended the deadline (originally April 3) to April 15 for the following awards: Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community EngagementAlpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher AwardHerbert W. Nickens Award, and the Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Award.  To learn more about the selection criteria and guidelines for entry, visit here.

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