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Pathogenesis to Pandemic: Global Effects of COVID-19

Last Updated: April 16, 2020


We created a four-week elective for clinical-year students in place of their scheduled clinical clerkships. The aim of the elective was to provide students with a real-time synthesis of current knowledge about the basic science, clinical, and public health aspects of this new disease as well as the social, economic, and political fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. We recruited a multi-disciplinary cohort of instructors with expertise in clinical infectious diseases, public health and epidemiology, ethics, macroeconomics, communication and leadership, and global health to deliver this content via virtual didactics on an online platform. Didactic sessions were recorded with the goal of future dissemination within and outside our institution. Students also organized independent volunteer non-clinical activities that would allow them to engage with the local pandemic response. Assessment was based on student self-reflections focusing on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on medical education and the practice of medicine.


Varun Phadke, MD, Emory University School of Medicine
Erica Brownfield, MD, MBA, Emory University School of Medicine (ebrownf@emory.edu)