It certainly has been chaotic and there have been a lot of very fast changes happening in the medical education sphere. Testing alterations have been abound and students have started returning to clinical duties as possible. ERAS has been delayed and many questions remain about residency application logistics. The Coalition for Physician Accountability and AAMC, not to mention many other groups, have released guidance on many of these areas. I will refrain from mentioning any specifics at this time because of how quickly things change.
In every step of the way we are advocating on your behalf. We are constantly ensuring your voices are heard and that the decisions made have your best interest at heart. Please continue to push your concerns both to us and to those you have contact with. The times are difficult, however we should absolutely push for fairness wherever we can.
In more concrete updates, the first-gen college graduate working group is continuing work (with some slow downs due to COVID) and Learners Leading Learners will be converted to another format, requiring some time to restructure the portal and rethink our strategy. We are also taking a serious look at how distance curriculum is being handled and at how medical schools are teaching and approaching the subject of race from all angles.
Know that we are here for you and are doing everything we can to ensure your experience is as positive as it can be.
Don’t forget to love one another.
OSR National Delegate for Medical Education
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine