In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures taken to combat its spread, the MD-PhD program leadership was unable to bring undergraduates to the Tri-I campus for the summer. However, unwilling to cancel the program entirely, and dedicated to its mission of increasing the diversity of physician-scientists, Gateways leadership opted to create a version of the program that could be delivered remotely.
The Tri-Institutional MD-PhD program's incoming class of 2020, despite the challenges of beginning their training remotely during a global pandemic, came together as a class to organize a new journal club. Taking as their focus issues of social justice and anti-racism, the students formed the club and held their meetings remotely during their first semester at the Tri-I.Danielle Isakov, first year MD-PhD student, described their motivations and activities:
On October 19, 2020 the National Academy of Medicine announced the election of its new members for this year. Included among the 90 distinguished doctors are two Tri-Institutional MD-PhD alumni, Wendy K. Chung, M.D., PhD (Tri-I graduating class of 1998) and David E. Fisher, PhD, MD (Tri-I graduating class of 1985).
Breonna Taylor’s life matters.The decision made by a Kentucky grand jury yesterday is another painful reminder that our country and its systems continue to fail the Black community and communities of color. The Tri-Institutional MD-PhD program condemns this decision. We re-iterate our commitment to meaningful, long-term change and to supporting our students from diverse backgrounds.