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Fellowship in the Time of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): A Time to Adapt

Educational Objective
To understand the importance of fellowship within the medical community as they adjust to adapt to a post-COVID-19 world
1 Credit CME

Over the past few years, the members of the fellowship class entering in 2017 have seen and participated in a number of memorable and what we believe to be career-defining cases, from massive ST-segment elevation myocardial infarctions to incessant arrhythmias to cardiogenic shock. As we started our third year of cardiology fellowship at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, we all understood that we had committed to a lifetime of learning from patients, and the challenging cases we continued to see as the fellow on call prepared us to be humbled by the unexpected. The weeks surrounding the developing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic suggest that we have reached that very point of unexpectedness. The very pillars of our fellowship training—patient care, education, and scholarship—have been upended by this unprecedented challenge.

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Article Information

Corresponding Author: Katherine H. Chau, MD, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, PH 10-203, 622 W 168 St, New York, NY 10032 (khc2001@cumc.columbia.edu).

Published Online: May 20, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2020.1562

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: Drs Chau and Madhavan report being supported by an institutional grant by the National Institutes of Health/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to Columbia University Irving Medical Center (grant T32 HL007854). No other disclosures were reported.

Additional Contributions: We would like to warmly acknowledge the other members of our fellowship class, Laura P. Cohen, MD, MPP; Timothy J. Poterucha, MD; Stephanie M. Kochav, MD, MHS; and Jonathan D. Kochav, MD (NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, New York, NY). We thank these individuals not only for their substantial editing contributions to this piece, but also for being wonderful coworkers, colleagues, and lifelong friends, whom we have had the pleasure of training with and going through these challenging times with. They have not received compensation. We would also like to thank the leadership of our fellowship program for their support, mentorship, and guidance.

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