Specialists, Primary Care Doctors Retrain For Hospital Frontlines As Colorado Coronavirus Cases MountCPR News Apr 2, 2020
“It’s just going to be a matter of getting back on the bike and riding it. Undoubtedly, I’ll look at some references, to make sure my memory serves,” said Rich Altman, [assistant professor of medicine at CU School of Medicine] who normally works in a primary care clinic for UCHealth. “The thing that most docs are going to have trouble with isn’t the medicine of it, it’s the technology and the workflow: Where do I even start?”
“The medical skills aren’t that different … So the training isn’t specifically, how do you diagnose pneumonia? Because everyone sort of knows that,” said Tyler Anstett, [assistant professor of medicine at CU School of Medicine] who has been leading UCHealth’s effort to gear up for a COVID-19 surge.
Brandon Combs is among those gearing up to head into a hospital after working in a UCHealth outpatient clinic in Denver’s Lowry neighborhood for the past several years. “I think many of us have a strong sense of duty,” Combs said. “I think to have a valued and an applicable skill set and to not employ it doesn’t feel like the best. If there is a need and my colleagues and my patients need my assistance, it just feels like something I have to do.”Read more