Sixth COVID-19 Symposium Continues to Address "What Have We Learned? How Can We Use What We Have Learned?"
On September 24, nearly eight months after New York Medical College (NYMC) and the Touro College and University System (TCUS) hosted its first COVID-19 symposium.
On September 24, nearly eight months after New York Medical College (NYMC) and the Touro College and University System (TCUS) hosted its first COVID-19 symposium, the College hosted its sixth in the series during which faculty experts shared the latest updates on COVID-19. In his introductory remarks, Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., chancellor and chief executive officer, spoke of the shared sense of frustration, felt throughout our entire nation, around the lack of understanding about when the COVID-19 crisis will finally under control. "We at New York Medical College and the Touro College and University System are going to keep providing you with the most current information on the pandemic so that you can negotiate the situation as it evolves," he said.
According to Alan Kadish, M.D., president, since the College hosted its first symposium on January 31, much has changed. “We didn’t get everything right at that first symposium, but one thing we did get right was that this was going to be a significant problem for the United States and the world,” he said. “We still have a good deal more to learn about this new disease, and that is why the Center for Disaster Medicine is sponsoring this event.”
The symposium covered an array of topics including Short and Long-Term Cardiac Effects of the COVID-19 Infection, presented by Michael Gewitz M.D., FAHA, FACC, FAAP, professor and vice chair, Department of Pediatrics; The Role of Convalescent Plasma in the Management of Severely Ill COVID-19 patients by Marisa Montecalvo, M.D., professor of medicine and infectious disease specialist; The Relative Risk of COVID-19 Transmissions in Gyms, Public Ground Transportation and Commercial Airplane Flights by Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., vice president for government affairs and dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice; Loss of Taste and Smell from COVID-19: Why Does it Happen in Some COVID-19 Patients? Will it Correct with Time? by Mill Etienne, M.D. '02, M.P.H., associate professor of neurology, associate dean for student affairs, and School of Medicine house advisory dean; and An Update on Vaccine Development Including Principles of Who Should and Who Should Not Participate in Early Human Vaccine Trials by Kathleen DiCaprio, Ph.D., assistant professor of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine.
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