COVID-19: ‘The world has changed’

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Zainab Shahid, MD, medical director of bone marrow transplant infectious diseases at the Levine Cancer Institute/Atrium Health in Charlotte, N.C., breaks down when cancer patients should seek testing for COVID-19 and how they should be treated. Dr. Shahid also compares notes with Blood & Cancer host David H. Henry, MD, of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, on how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world of medical education.

In Clinical Correlation, Ilana Yurkiewicz, MD, of Stanford (Calif.) University, celebrates National Doctors Day amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Topics covered in this podcast:

  • How the education of trainees as changed.
  • Use of telehealth screening and visits.
  • COVID-19 case volume and when oncology patients should seek testing.
  • Which patients should be considered immunocompromised.

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Podcast Participants

David Henry, MD
David Henry, MD, FACP, is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and vice chairman of the department of medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. He received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and his MD from the University of Pennsylvania, then completed his internship, residency, and fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. After 2 years as an attending in the U.S. Air Force, he was drawn to practicing as a hem-onc because of the close patient contact and interaction, and his belief that, win or lose with each patient, one can always make a difference in their care and lives. Follow Dr. Henry on Twitter: @davidhenrymd. Dr. Henry reported being on the advisory board for Amgen, AMAG Pharmaceuticals, and Pharmacosmos. He reported institutional funding from the National Institutes of Health and FibroGen.
Ilana Yurkiewicz, MD
Ilana Yurkiewicz, MD, is a fellow in hematology and oncology at Stanford University, where she also completed her internal medicine residency. Dr. Yurkiewicz holds an MD from Harvard Medical School and a BS from Yale University. She went into hematology and oncology because of the high-stakes decision-making, meaningful relationships with patients, and opportunity to help people through some of the toughest challenges of their lives. Dr. Yurkiewicz is also a medical journalist. She is a former AAAS Mass Media Fellow and Scientific American blog columnist, and her writing has appeared in numerous media outlets including Hematology News, where she writes the monthly column Hard Questions. Dr. Yurkiewicz is on Twitter: @ilanayurkiewicz. Dr. Yurkiewicz has no relevant conflicts of interest.