Rural hospitals are under siege from COVID-19 – here's what doctors are facing, in their own words

Hospitals are losing staff to quarantines as rural case numbers rise, and administrators fear flu season will make make it worse. And then there's the politics.

Lauren Hughes, Physician, Associate Professor of Family Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus • conversation
Nov. 20, 2020 ~9 min

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F-1 Doctors help international students to U.S. med schools

A Harvard Medical School student from Tanzania is working to help other international students navigate the process of getting into a U.S. medical school.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Sept. 9, 2020 ~7 min

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Is telehealth as good as in-person care? A telehealth researcher explains how to get the most out of remote health care

Telehealth has seen massive increases in use since the pandemic started. When done right, remote health care can be just as effective as in-person medicine.

Jennifer A. Mallow, Associate Professor of Nursing, West Virginia University • conversation
July 22, 2020 ~8 min

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When Trump pushed hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19, hundreds of thousands of prescriptions followed despite little evidence that it worked

When news reports tout a drug, people get interested, even if the benefits are unproven. Patient hopes, requests and demands can easily turn into real prescriptions in their doctor's office.

Richard L. Kravitz, Professor of Health Policy and Internal Medicine, University of California, Davis • conversation
July 9, 2020 ~10 min

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How racism in US health system hinders care and costs lives of African Americans

COVID-19 has again demonstrated the health inequities that exist between African-Americans and whites.

Ukamaka M. Oruche, Associate Professor & Director of Global Programs, Indiana University • conversation
June 29, 2020 ~8 min

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How doctors' fears of getting COVID-19 can mean losing the healing power of touch: One physician's story

A give-and-take between patient and provider is essential to patient care. As the COVID-19 pandemic ushers in a new era of medicine, one doctor wonders if this connection will be lost.

Liza Buchbinder, Internal Medicine Physician and Anthropologist, UCLA Health, University of California, Los Angeles • conversation
June 16, 2020 ~9 min

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Ready to see your doctor but scared to go? Here are some guidelines

Many people delayed routine doctor visits during social distancing. Now that distancing guidelines have eased, people still are concerned about going to the doctor. Here, two doctors offer guidance.

Margot Savoy, Department Chair & Associate Professor, Family & Community Medicine, Temple University • conversation
June 16, 2020 ~7 min

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What is a clinical trial? A health policy expert explains

The only way to know if a medical treatment actually works is with a randomized-controlled trial.

Zoe McLaren, Associate Professor of Public Policy, University of Maryland, Baltimore County • conversation
May 13, 2020 ~6 min

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'We don’t talk in terms of supply numbers, we talk in terms of days'

A pulmonologist at Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis provides a firsthand look at how the hospital is preparing to allocate resources and supplies in response to coronavirus.

W. Graham Carlos, Chief of Medicine for Eskenazi Health; Bicentennial Professor for Indiana University, Pulmonary & Critical Care Attending Physician, Indiana University School of Medicine • conversation
April 1, 2020 ~6 min

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'My first question every time I see a new patient now is: Could this be COVID-19?' A Seattle doctor on the front lines

An emergency and critical care physician gives a dispatch from the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

Nicholas Johnson, Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine & Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine (Adjunct), University of Washington School of Medicine, University of Washington • conversation
March 23, 2020 ~7 min

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