School of medicine

School Notes: School of Medicine
July/August 2020

Nancy J. Brown |

Students tackle different aspects of the pandemic

Medical, nursing, and physician associate and assistant students are participating in projects in New Haven and beyond to directly help those impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Among projects too numerous to list, two examples include: arranging regular phone conversations with socially isolated older adults in nursing homes; and the formation of the Yale Medical Student Task Force, which includes about 100 MD and MD/PhD students who call non–COVID-19 patients to update them about their appointments and answer any questions. Meanwhile, faculty from all programs quickly shifted to online learning once students were not permitted on campus during the spring semester. On the bright side, said Michael Schwartz, associate dean for curriculum at the medical school, the pandemic has shown “there’s a community of students and faculty that are looking out for the best interests of all their colleagues.”

Website facilitates and encourages COVID collaboration

With the notion that more can be accomplished by working together, the medical school launched the Research, Clinical & Data-Driven Responses to COVID-19 website to promote collaboration among Yale faculty and colleagues around the world. Developed by leaders from the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, Engineering & Applied Science, and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the site aims to enhance progress in the fight against COVID-19. “We wanted to create a portal that would open up collaboration locally and internationally, as well as educate the public about Yale’s efforts during this pandemic,” said Nancy J. Brown, Jean and David W. Wallace Dean of Medicine and C. N. H. Long Professor of Internal Medicine. Brown spearheaded the formation of the COVID-19 Response Coordination Team that led the development of the site.

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