This Is What We Do: Academic Medicine Rising to the Challenge of COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented time in our history.
Throughout the past two years, health care workers, educators, and researchers have moved quickly to address the most significant public health crisis in a century — developing therapeutics and treatments, providing patient care in the midst of supply shortages and staff members often stressed beyond capacity, and moving into a remote environment for learning.
In our documentary, Bon Ku, MD, the Marta and Robert Adelson Professor in Medicine and Design at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, speaks with doctors, educators, students, and others across the academic medicine community about how they learned, innovated, and supported each other and their communities during the pandemic. From virtual learning to the speed of getting a vaccine, academic medicine has risen to every challenge because as medical professionals, this is what we do.
This is the story of the pandemic through the eyes of academic medicine.
Featuring (in order of appearance):
Bon Ku, MD
Marta and Robert Adelson Professor in Medicine and Design, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
University of California, San Francisco
Earic Bonner, MD
Timothy Delitt, MD
Karen Rheuban, MD
William Bornstein, MD, PhD
Janis M. Orlowski, MD, MACP
Chief Health Care Officer, AAMC
Alison J. Whelan, MD
Chief Academic Officer, AAMC
Taiwo Alonge, MD, MPH
Yale University School of Medicine
Christle Nwora, MD
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Ross McKinney Jr., MD
Chief Scientific Officer, AAMC
Karey Sutton, PhD
Director of Health Equity Research Workforce, AAMC
Director of Research, AAMC Center for Health Justice
Philip Alberti, PhD
Founding Director, AAMC Center for Health Justice
David J. Skorton, MD
President and CEO, AAMC
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Organizations from across academic medicine shared their COVID-19 experience with us. Discover how academic institutions across the United States and Canada responded to the pandemic and learn how to join our virtual community to share your institution’s story below.
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