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Acad Radiol ; 29(4): 598-608, 2022 04.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1152203


OBJECTIVE: Benefits of a diverse physician workforce are numerous and the impact of a lack of diversity has been highlighted with the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the commitment of professional societies such as the American College of Radiology to diversity in Radiology, the field and its residency training programs remain the least diverse. With COVID-19 related suspension of in-person medical student rotations, our Department of Radiology redesigned and implemented a virtual radiology internship for underrepresented minority (URM) medical students. METHODS: A four-week virtual radiology internship was designed to provide clinical exposure to radiology and to allow students to gain an understanding of what a career in radiology entails. Course design included videoconference patient care sessions, didactic lectures, online modules, mentoring, and extra-clinical curriculum. Feedback from students was collected using online surveys assessing pre- and postcourse attitudes and understanding of a career in radiology and the students' perceived aptitude for such a career, as well as course component evaluation. RESULTS: Three participants were enrolled in the inaugural clerkship. All noted exceptional educational course content and ample opportunities to build connections with faculty and residents-with mentoring seen as the highlight of the course. All indicated a significant shift in perception of the field and in declaring interest in pursuing a career in radiology. CONCLUSION: Virtual radiology internship for URM students is a feasible paradigm to address potential impediments to diversification of the specialty by both engaging interested URM medical students in a career in radiology and arming them with the tools for a successful application to radiology residency.

Internship and Residency , Radiology , Students, Medical , Virtual Reality , COVID-19 , Cultural Diversity , Humans , Internship and Residency/methods , Minority Groups , Pandemics , Radiology/education , Students, Medical/statistics & numerical data
J Clin Neurosci ; 86: 180-183, 2021 Apr.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1032688


Cerebrovascular complications among critically ill patients with COVID-19 have yet to be fully characterized. In this retrospective case series from a single academic tertiary care referral center in New York City, we present 12 patients with ischemic or hemorrhagic strokes that were found on imaging after a period of prolonged sedation in the setting of COVID-19 pneumonia. This series demonstrates a pattern of cerebrovascular events clinically masked by deep sedation required for management of COVID-19 related acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Of the 12 patients included, 10 had ischemic stroke, 4 of which had hemorrhagic conversion, and 2 had primary intracerebral hemorrhage. Ten patients were on therapeutic anticoagulation prior to discovery of their stroke, and the remainder received intermediate dose anticoagulation (in a range between prophylactic and therapeutic levels). Additional studies are needed to further characterize the counterbalancing risks of ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, as well as the optimal management of this patient population.

COVID-19/complications , Deep Sedation/adverse effects , Stroke/diagnosis , Stroke/virology , Aged , Anticoagulants/adverse effects , Critical Illness , Female , Humans , Male , Middle Aged , Respiration, Artificial/methods , Retrospective Studies , SARS-CoV-2
Clin Imaging ; 69: 380-383, 2021 Jan.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-856563


As the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic strains the healthcare system, radiology residents across the United States have become a vital part of the redeployed workforce. Through a series of four cases of COVID-19 patients encountered on the wards, we highlight the insight and unique set of skills redeployed radiology residents possess that are essential to patient care during this crisis. By increasing visibility through active participation on the clinical team, we demonstrate the fundamental role radiology has in the greater field of medicine.

COVID-19 , Radiology , COVID-19/diagnostic imaging , Humans , Pandemics , Radiology/trends , United States