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AMA issues COVID-19 guidance to protect residents and fellows

Residency Program Insider, April 16, 2020

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Resident and fellows already challenged with personal, physical, and economic stresses, are strained further as they’re being called on to treat patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Medical Association (AMA) has released new guidance to protect residents and fellows.

The AMA’s guidance for sponsoring institutions, programs, and national organizations includes:

  • Having residents actively engaged with COVID-19 response planning so that the specific interests of trainees are considered regarding the deployment of healthcare workers
  • Providing residents appropriate training and supervision for the tasks they will be asked to perform when deployed in unfamiliar clinical areas
  • Complying with the ACGME requirement to provide access to mental health assessments, counseling, and treatment that is confidential and affordable
  • Providing an environment in which residents feel safe from recrimination or consequence to their employment and training when raising concerns about their personal safety and the safety of those around them
  • Granting residents forgiveness and/or forbearance for all or portions of their student loan debt to ease financial stress


The full list of guidance can be found here.

Source: AMA

 



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