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A Bold Response to the COVID-19 PandemicMedical Students, National Service, and Public Health

Educational Objective
To understand ways to prepare for the next wave of COVID-19
1 Credit CME

Over the next few months it is likely that the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic that has surged in New York City, Seattle, New Orleans, and Detroit will move from city to city and state to state. After the initial peak, absent highly effective medical interventions, the US will likely experience outbreaks of lingering disease for months and potentially years to come. As the US enters the next phase of COVID-19, critical questions will involve the nation’s capacity to respond to outbreaks, protect high-risk populations, and limit community spread.

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Article Information

Corresponding Author: Howard Bauchner, MD, Editor in Chief, JAMA (howard.bauchner@jamanetwork.org).

Published Online: April 8, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.6166

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.

Additional Information: Dr Sharfstein reported serving as Principal Deputy Commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration from March 2009 to January 2011.

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Taylor Wilson  R , Troisi  CL , Gary-Webb  TL .  A deficit of more than 250,000 public health workers is no way to fight COVID-19.   Stat. Accessed April 5, 2020. https://www.statnews.com/2020/04/05/deficit-public-health-workers-no-way-to-fight-covid-19/Google Scholar
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Krieger  P , Goodnough  A . Medical students, sidelined for now, find new ways to fight coronavirus. New York Times. March 23, 2020. Accessed April 5, 2020. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/23/health/medical-students-coronavirus.html
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Wang  CJ , Ng  CY , Brook  RH .  Response to COVID-19 in Taiwan: big data analytics, new technology, and proactive testing.   JAMA. Published online March 3, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.3151PubMedGoogle Scholar
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