From the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on minority and economically disadvantaged communities to the racially motivated killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, 2020 has unfortunately provided us with even more evidence that systematic racism continues to plague us.
Dr. Clark Fisher, MD, PhD, (Tri-I MD-PhD graduating class of 2017), currently at Yale University, has developed a ventilator circuit that can support two patients with individualized peak inspiratory and end-expiratory pressures. Dr. Fisher's project addresses the current shortage of ICU ventilators experienced by hospitals across the United States and the world with a a low-cost, off the shelf solution to stretch the limited resources available.
This is an uncharted and unique time, and the landscape seems to be shifting daily (if not hourly). At Tri-I, we are doing our best to adapt to our “new normal” and support our students and the larger Tri-I community. While we are not physically in the MD-PhD office, we are all still working and available. If you need to get in touch with us, the best way is to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In light of the incredible and largely unprecedented strains placed on medical professions, Weill Cornell Medical College offered its graduating students the opportunity to have their degrees confered early in order to join the workforce.Two MD-PhD students, Yun-Han Hannah Huang and Diana Wang, took this path and graduated on April 30, 2020.The Tri-I MD-PhD Program offers its heartiest of congratulation to these two physician-scientists.
The results of the 2020 Residency Match Day were once again overwhelmingly positive for the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD graduating students. Though this year was a unique Match Day experience, with everyone in social isolation, our students, and those across the country found ways to celebrate together.