Dear HSHPS Members & Stakeholders,
All our attention over the last three weeks has gone to Coronavirus, and rightly so. Thank you to the many health care and public health professionals who are lending their expertise on the front lines as the COVID-19 Pandemic spreads into our communities. The situation on the ground is evolving by the hour, my thoughts are with you, your colleagues and families as we navigate what is next. I sincerely hope that you remain healthy and of good spirits, this is of utmost importance.
The HSHPS leadership recognizes that the day-to-day lives of the stakeholders of our organization including clinicians, deans, professors and students have been significantly impacted by the ever-changing guidelines and recommendations by our own institutions and federal, state and local governments. We commend you for the work you are doing to remain at the forefront of the latest developments. Thank you for continuing to provide students with an enriched learning environment despite the changes online learning has brought and for serving your patients with the highest level of care.
The HSHPS leadership has had several meetings over the last few months to set the strategic direction of our organization. I have been so excited to share strategic initiatives that bring you, our members, more robust communication, content, learning opportunities and organizational excellence. In light of the the current public health crisis, our leadership team has made the decision to hit pause on our initiatives so that we can all focus on our staff, students and patients. It is an unprecedented time and we feel that we need to focus on and uphold the emotional and physical well-being of those that we serve and care for on a daily basis.
In early June, we look forward to delivering a fresh monthly newsletter and announcing live streaming learning opportunities for you and your students! Our staff team has also put together a form in an effort to compile useful resources and information regarding COVID-19. If you or your institution has released a scholarly article, resource or know of one, please let us know, we will be posting these on our website.
Norma A. Pérez Raifaisen, MD, DrPH
Assistant Dean, Student Affairs
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine – Geriatrics
Director, Faculty Advisory Program
Office of Academic Affairs, School of Medicine
The University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Blvd., Ashbel Smith, 1.212F, Galveston, TX 77555-1317