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COVID-19 Discussion

Hello all.

We all know about the toll COVID-19 has been taking on our hospitals. I've been hearing that our hospitals are under intense pressure at the moment and there have been articles which have said retired practitioners have been called back to help reduce the stress in the wards. My question is, how exactly are these hospitals assigning doctors to treat patients with COVID-19? Are they assigning most of the doctors to help out in the ED, regardless of their subspecialties? So what I mean by that is, could they possibly be assigning the dermatologists/cardiologists/opthalmologists on site to help out with the ED? If that's the case, wouldn't there be shortages of doctors treating existing problems (i.e. shortage of dermatologists, cardiologists, etc)?
 

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chinaski

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For non-ED doctors, it is a matter of triaging and re-allocating priorities. Elective and non-urgent matters are being cancelled or postponed indefinitely, which frees us up to deal with the patients from our discipline who can't wait and still require our care, as well as to provide some flexibility to assist at the covid front line as needed (and/or to have our junior staff redistributed to do the same). It is not just the ED and ICU that needs all hands on deck. The whole hospital requires staffing, and everyone at the front line is at a much greater personal risk of being taken out by the disease, so a high rate of necessary absenteeism is a realistic expectation.
 
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I just wanted to advertise or advocate for the need of volunteers and blood donations at the current time. As COVID-19 is upon us and restricting our lives, it also is making hospital and patient life extremely difficult. Blood donations are 'extremely urgent' as told by a red-cross nurse and frankly the lack of social outgoings is making it worse. I understand social distancing and stopping the spread but, if you can make it to a donation centre, or convince someone to go, do it. The donation saves three lives and it only takes an hour and they need it more than ever, ofc look after your own health and make sure you're eligible but this is something that needs to be done before it gets even worse.

And also, if you do a few of them and learn how they run and the experiences, you'll have something to talk about in your interviews!!!
 

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I just wanted to advertise or advocate for the need of volunteers and blood donations at the current time. As COVID-19 is upon us and restricting our lives, it also is making hospital and patient life extremely difficult. Blood donations are 'extremely urgent' as told by a red-cross nurse and frankly the lack of social outgoings is making it worse. I understand social distancing and stopping the spread but, if you can make it to a donation centre, or convince someone to go, do it. The donation saves three lives and it only takes an hour and they need it more than ever, ofc look after your own health and make sure you're eligible but this is something that needs to be done before it gets even worse.

And also, if you do a few of them and learn how they run and the experiences, you'll have something to talk about in your interviews!!!
And if you’re a current Med student, you’ll be participating in your uni’s Vampire Cup team!

 

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js1213

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I’m aware that the Covid-19 is preventing current Year 12 students from attending school and affecting how their exams must be undertaken, and may continue to affect them for the next several months.

As someone hoping to gain non-standard entry into undergrad Med 2021, do you think this will change how admissions into undergrad Med 2021 might look?
 

Perplex

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I’m aware that the Covid-19 is preventing current Year 12 students from attending school and affecting how their exams must be undertaken, and may continue to affect them for the next several months.

As someone hoping to gain non-standard entry into undergrad Med 2021, do you think this will change how admissions into undergrad Med 2021 might look?
It's difficult to say. This situation is very fluid and is constantly changing. I imagine there will be some change - even if that means pushing back the application timeline, but it's difficult to say. We will just have to wait and see.
 

Crow

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I’m aware that the Covid-19 is preventing current Year 12 students from attending school and affecting how their exams must be undertaken, and may continue to affect them for the next several months.

As someone hoping to gain non-standard entry into undergrad Med 2021, do you think this will change how admissions into undergrad Med 2021 might look?
I'd be prepared for pretty much any possibility at this point - think UCAT being cancelled, delayed admissions cycle, interviews held online instead of in-person, and worst case - a complete cancellation of the 2021 admissions cycle. As Perp says it's impossible to predict at this early stage and we'll just have to wait and see how it all plays out.

Stay safe and stay well during these difficult times!
 

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