From the Chiefs: Graduation
From Dr. Steven McDonald: Help Supply
One of our volunteers (as well as a friend of mine)–Eric Alper–has started a service to help medical professionals meet the needs of daily life during this hectic time.
In his words: “Help Supply is an online platform that quickly connects healthcare workers to the services and support they need to keep up the fight against COVID-19. Healthcare workers have daily needs that are squeezed by the COVID-19 fight; services like grocery shopping, childcare and mental health support have become a challenge to meet. We’ve built relationships with trusted partners with armies of volunteers ready to help and equipped with risk-reduction training & supplies. Launched in NYC, Help Supply is expanding to other markets hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
You can access the service here:
Please feel free to share with any individuals in your network, not just our CUIMC family.
Given the rapidly evolving response to COVID19, it can be challenging to stay current. Below are the most critical updates from NYP and GME.
Please see the COVID19 Updates page for additional information and resources.
Dear Emergency Medicine Family,
Join us on Monday, May 11th at 6pm via Zoom for a live tribute performance by cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, in honor of all you that have worked so tirelessly to ensure our communities are so well taken care of.
During such uncertain times, we have seen all of you come together in an astonishing way and demonstrate true leadership and camaraderie. Please take the time to celebrate all of the work you have done and the differences you have made in our communities by enjoying this tribute performance.
We look forward to seeing all of you who can attend on Monday evening.
Yo-Yo Ma Tribute Performance Zoom Details:
Topic: Yo-Yo Ma Tribute to Columbia’s ED Healthcare Heroes
Time: May 11, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 860 7085 1097
From Chloe Vidal: Antibody Testing
Good Afternoon all,
I am writing to remind those of you who have not completed the Columbia EM COVID-19 Antibody Testing survey to please do so; this is especially important to forward the name of those who would like to be tested to our ID research team. The link to the survey is below:
For those who have taken the survey and have not received a call with their serology results, the ID research team apologizes that they are 2 weeks behind on follow up phone calls due to illnesses on their team. If I have not contacted you separately, please notify me privately so that we may follow-up with the research team.
Those of you who have + antibodies and would like to donate plasma can enroll via this website:
Please do not hesitate to get in contact with me or Penelope Lema if you have any questions.
Thank you all for your patience as we continue to roll out testing.
Dr. Jenny Castillo: COVID Wellbeing Paper
Dr. Chris Tedeschi: ED Incident Commander
From Dr. Ken Wong: Orienting off-service rotators
Rotators have gotten a welcome email and a handbook; chiefs also gave June in-person orientations. However, a rotator’s first shift can be any one of about 12 times during a month, and nothing’s as good as on-shift instruction. Focus your brief pointers on where to find things, the dispo note template, how to bed request after the dispo, and how to PFD and discharge a patient. Please also go over PPE, early isolation guidance, and guidelines about high risk COVID19 situations.
From Dr. Lynn Jiang: Wellness
MCB Message of the Month
Congrats to Dr. Dana Sacco on her recent SAEM Foundation Grant!