About 80 fourth-year medical students in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences resumed clinical rotations Monday, according to a University release Monday.
GW’s clinical enterprise – which includes the Medical Faculty Associates and the GW Hospital – will transition from emergency and COVID-19 care to an “all-service” operation that includes screenings and preventative care, the release states. MFA CEO and medical school Dean Barbara Lee Bass said GW’s medical education model will also change to include instruction on how to safely deliver health care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have changed the landscape in which we provide health care, and we’ve really ramped up our game,” Bass said in the release.
GW Hospital officials suspended elective surgeries and rescheduled “non-essential” appointments in March to allocate more resources to patients infected with the virus. Since March, GW’s medical enterprise moved to provide about half of its care over telehealth, and officials plan to continue this form of care to a “large percentage” of patients moving forward, according to the release.
A larger group of students, including the medical Class of 2022 and physician assistant students, will return to campus in late June, according to the release.
Bass said spaces in Ross Hall and public areas in MFA clinics and the GW Hospital have also been modified to ensure social distancing. Officials initially restricted access to Ross Hall to authorized personnel only in March.
“In many respects the clinical enterprise isn’t ‘reopening,’ because it never really closed,” Bass said. “Our faculty are practicing physicians who have been caring for patients at the MFA and GW Hospital and all across the city. The difference is that after 12 weeks of only emergent care and COVID care, we are now ready to do everything else in person.”
This article appeared in the June 12, 2020 issue of the Hatchet.