Beginning in late 2019, SARS-CoV-2 (the virus) continues to spread, causing an emergence of COVID-19 (disease) cases around the world. Established as a pandemic by WHO in March 2020, we are doing everything we can across our institutions to screen, test, treat, and serve patients during this chaotic time.
UCSF Campus wide
- A Cross-campus UCSF COVID-19 Task Force made up of infectious disease specialists from ZSFGH, VA, and UCSF hospitals has been established to provide educational materials, resources, and guidance. The task force has began providing bi-weekly digests with up-to-date information. Please see link below for downloadable PDFs of the COVID-19 digest.https://hividgm.ucsf.edu/COVID-19
UCSF Health and Tri-Hospital
- Early on, technology was used for employee screening, and we recently partnered with Conversa Health and the UCSF Center for Digital Health Innovation to design a mobile web-app to administer the daily health screening questions each morning and avoid the lines for the manual screener. It has evolved to support daily symptom monitoring reminders, as well as the addition of new questions to target gaps in screening that have been identified over time.
- Our next steps will be to integrate influenza testing, incorporate an exposure notification program, expand random employee testing, and strategies to increase research density
- Tri-hospital COVID-19 Clinical Resources https://hividgm.ucsf.edu/covid-19/tri-hospital-covid-19-clinical-resources
- UCSF Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Prevention COVID-19 webpage: https://infectioncontrol.ucsfmedicalcenter.org/ucsf-health-covid-19-resources
San Francisco County COVID-19 Statistics and Updates
- San Francisco DPH link: https://www.sfcdcp.org/infectious-diseases-a-to-z/coronavirus-2019-novel-coronavirus
COVID-19 Impact on our Program
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted clinical education across the country and has created many challenges for students applying to Pediatric Residency this year. Our top priorities remain the health and well-being of our students and trainees. At the start of the pandemic, our residents on elective rotations were placed on “work from home/remote learning” involving a combination of telemedicine, virtual rounding and virtual lectures. Since June 2020, all residents have been able to safely attend required and elective rotations in-person, and group didactic learning continuing as virtual sessions.