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Learning Through a Pandemic

Academic leaders reacted quickly and creatively to help medical students, graduate students, health professions students, residents, and other learners stay on track to complete coursework, licensing exams, and other requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Major events, including Match Day and graduation, became virtual events. With in-person gatherings restricted in March, medical students were moved to online learning. As telehealth expanded, a COVID-19 Follow-up Telemedicine elective was added to train students by allowing them to interact with recovering COVID-19 patients by phone. Clinical rotations for third- and fourth-year students, initially suspended, resumed on adjusted schedules by June and July, and the length of some clerkships were shortened.

Research laboratories began to reopen at 50 percent capacity by late May as faculty members devised new ways for graduate students and fellows to continue their training within the new guidelines. As a new school year began in August, the Medical School Class of 2024 was welcomed to campus with a virtual orientation designed with interactive events so students would meet each other.

Residents and fellows stepped up to staff high-volume clinical areas in need of extra support due to the pandemic.

Through it all, the positive spirit of UTSW’s students and learners shined through, exemplified by the hundreds of students who volunteered to assist the Health System in its response to the pandemic.

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Match Day
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Campus Virtual Tour

With student, trainee, and faculty recruits unable to visit campus due to the pandemic, a video was produced to reveal an expansive look at how UTSW educates, discovers, and heals. The virtual tour has become an invaluable recruiting tool in the era of COVID-19.

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Continue the Journey in UT Southwestern's Annual Review