Safeguard the Public, Protect Our Healthcare Workers During the Pandemic

AMA News Release (04/10/20)

The Coalition for Physician Accountability's member organizations have issued a statement backing the implementation of practices for protecting U.S. healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. "It is critical during this national emergency that the public be provided with the best care possible by qualified health care workers who are themselves adequately protected," the Coalition says, noting that it "recognizes that supplies of [personal protective equipment] at this time are inadequate and supports continued studies to examine the safety of reuse and sterilization of PPE as options." Supporting organizations include the American Medical Association, Association of American Medical Colleges, the American Board of Medical Specialties, and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. The Coalition also acknowledges that the crisis has disrupted many aspects of education, training, licensing, and credentialing for doctors. "As rapidly as possible, the Coalition and its member organizations will be providing guidance on important issues such as the trajectory of medical students transitioning from graduation to residency, student and trainee movement across geographic areas for interviews and clinical rotations, guidelines for volunteer work, and maintaining standards for credentials and competencies during this time of emergency," the statement says.

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