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    Fighting for a Healthier Future: Stories of Academic Medicine on the Front Lines

    The physicians, scientists, faculty, learners, other health professionals and staff at the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals are defining the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic—and we are committed to improving the health of our communities every day.

    Our nation’s academic medical centers not only are the training grounds for the next generation of physicians and other health professionals, they’re also at the forefront of discovery and high-quality clinical care—and we won’t stop fighting until we’ve cared for every patient who needs us.

    Our hospitals care for COVID-19 patients now and will in the future, and our researchers are advancing medical knowledge by developing new treatments, diagnostics, and vaccines. Our goal is to prevent future epidemics.

    This collection highlights the work academic medicine is doing in patient care, research and medical education to address the challenges the nation faces as it confronts the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The Way Forward on COVID-19

    A Road Map to Reset the Nation's Approach to the Pandemic

    A comprehensive, coordinated plan to help member medical schools, teaching hospitals, and health systems respond to the pandemic.

    Read the full road map

    Woman wearing a face covering

    Consensus Guidance on Face Coverings

    A consensus statement designed to provide national guidance for the public on wearing face coverings to decrease the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

    Read the Guidance on Wearing Masks

    Patient Care

    An elderly woman at a nursing home entertains a visitor while maintaining precautions against COVID-19

    Academic medical centers support nursing homes with COVID-19 prevention and control.

    • September 8, 2020
    Firefighter Francisco Roman received extensive physical therapy at Penn Medicine’s new Post-COVID Recovery Clinic in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to rebuild his strength after being hospitalized for COVID-19-associated pneumonia

    Months after contracting COVID-19, patients suffer from trouble breathing, memory loss, and more. Now some hospitals have created clinics to help patients heal.

    • August 25, 2020
    An older physician stands in an operating room wearing protective gear

    Despite critical workforce shortages in some hot spots around the country, physicians whose licenses expired long ago cannot just jump back into practice.

    • April 8, 2020
    A UW Medicine nurse gets help sanitizing her hands after removing the gown and gloves she wore while screening a patient for COVID-19

    Providers working in the current outbreak face huge stresses, including fears for themselves and their families, yet they are inspired to keep serving patients.

    • March 26, 2020
    A male doctor consults with an elderly female patient through the computer.

    Even before Congress lifted restrictions on reimbursement for telehealth through Medicare, academic medical centers were expanding telemedicine services.

    • March 23, 2020
    Hemali Patel, MD, (in green scrubs), a hospitalist with the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School, poses with her team at NYU Langone Health. Patel spent a week volunteering to care for patients at NYU Langone

    As New York continues to grapple with thousands of COVID-19 patients, academic medical centers in less-hard-hit areas are sending physicians to help out.

    • April 16, 2020
    Health care workers transport a patient into an ambulance

    From training front-line workers to activating their incident command centers, hospitals are preparing for a worst-case scenario — and hoping for a best.

    • March 6, 2020

    Medical Education

    Hundreds of new MDs are helping alleviate a dire shortage of health care providers in hot spots across the country.

    • April 3, 2020
    An employee of NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital arrives for work on April 02, 2020 in New York City.

    From sewing masks to unloading supplies, medical students are tackling tasks to meet growing needs during the COVID-19 crisis while learning amazing lessons.

    • April 2, 2020
    Students distribute personal protective equipment at a Mount Sinai hospital in New York City, where volunteers tackle such tasks 24/7 through an Icahn School of Medicine effort

    An intern describes getting coughed on, wading through confusing information, and feeling helpless yet essential. Life as a resident during the current crisis.

    • March 24, 2020
    A woman doctor puts on a mask inside a hospital


    Hussin Rothan, PhD, of Georgia State University investigates the impact of an arthritis drug on stopping the coronavirus from replicating itself in infected cells

    Researchers at university labs and hospitals are running trials to find drugs and other treatments to save patients stricken by COVID-19.

    • May 12, 2020
    Trevor Kemp, assistant manager of the University of Virginia School of Architecture’s FabLab, and Melissa Goldman, manager of the FabLab, prepare plastic film to be cut for face shields

    Medical schools are partnering with engineering schools to produce testing reagents, swabs, PPE, and more. Will these relationships endure beyond the pandemic?

    • May 4, 2020
    A woman runs tests using a test tube in a lab

    As a CDC test failed, academic labs across the country developed their own. Some tests are live, while others await FDA approval.

    • March 12, 2020
    A woman doctor puts a bandage on a patient after giving him a vaccine

    Vaccines saved humanity from countless scourges, like measles and smallpox. Producing a safe, effective vaccine is painstaking, as the risk of harm is real.

    • March 31, 2020

    Health Equity & Public Health

    New COVID-19 consulting services tap staff expertise to develop plans, visit sites, and educate employees to prevent viral spread.

    • September 22, 2020
    A sea turtle enjoys the company of people again at The Florida Aquarium. Courtesy of The Florida Aquarium.

    The novel coronavirus is hitting remote areas where patients are poorer, sicker, and older hard. Here's how medical schools and teaching hospitals are helping.

    • May 14, 2020
    The University of Mississippi Medical Center has collaborated with the state department of health to run nearly 50 COVID-19 testing sites in rural communities

    Doctors who have visited San Quentin prison and other facilities explain why incarceration makes COVID-19 dangerous and how to protect inmates and communities.

    • August 27, 2020
    An emergency care facility was erected to treat inmates infected with the novel coronavirus at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California, as seen in July.

    Over 20 million people in the U.S. have a substance use disorder. During COVID-19, experts see signs of relapses, overdoses, and other worries. What can we do?

    • July 27, 2020
    A man sits alone in a circle of chairs

    Supreme Court ruling gives DACA medical students and residents temporary reprieve amidst a pandemic and physician shortages.

    • June 18, 2020
    Manuel Bernal, MD, a second-year medical resident at Advocate Christ Medical Center, has treated COVID-19 patients while awaiting the Supreme Court ruling on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that allows him to work as a physician

    The new coronavirus is worrisome for everyone. But for people who live with poverty, health inequities, and other woes, the outbreak could be especially brutal.

    • March 16, 2020
    Residents receive food from the National Guard near a containment area set up to halt the spread of COVID-19 in New Rochelle, New York.

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