That incident, too, began on a weekend. It, too, left doctors and nurses to rely on paper backup systems.
It was on a Saturday in mid-March when Abby Schiff, then a third-year medical student at Harvard working through surgery clinical rotations, found out she wouldn’t be going back to the hospital.
She had worked the day before, but with the coronavirus threat growing quickly, Schiff, like thousands of other medical students across the country, was sidelined when the Association of American Medical Colleges issued a temporary suspension of clinical rotations in hopes of protecting students and patients, and conserving personal protective equipment (PPE).
She didn’t sit around waiting, though. As nurses came out of retirement and medical school professors pressed pause on teaching