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COVID-19 also brought transformation to medical
education by broadening networks and widening
access. We drastically increased our resident lecture
series and guest speaker participation. With all the
challenges of the pandemic, we have improvised
and have taken advantage of the new opportunities
that came about. Our community response to the
pandemic was also critical during this time of
uncertainty. Our Chief Resident Adam Milam, MD, PhD,
MHS, served as the Medical Director for the CedarsSinai HealthCare for Homeless at four emergency
shelters in the Los Angeles area. During the COVID-19
pandemic, Dr. Milam and his team managed over 300
patients during a three-month period.

Emiley Tou, CA-2, and Jason Kim, CA-2, show off their Band-Aids
after receiving the COVID vaccine

cirrhosis. Principal teaching and learning activities for
this rotation include: didactic lectures, journal club,
case conferences, grand rounds, presentation of case
studies, audio/visual presentations, simulation lab
workshops, simulation for pulmonary artery catheters,
pre and post-test examinations. With the Liver
Transplant Program volume almost tripling in size at
Cedars-Sinai, this is a great addition to the residents'
curriculum.

Response to COVID-19
With COVID-19, we faced many challenges, both
clinically and academically. Lectures went virtual, and
lecture topics were refocused on the new challenges
we faced in our healthcare system. Our simulation
training was highly utilized for sessions such as:
COVID PPE, PAPR, COVID Airway Management, Code
Blue for the COVID patient, ICU care, OR COVID patient
care, and COVID Invasive Line Placement. Our chief
residents and fellows, along with our faculty members,
served as instructors for these training sessions at the
departmental and institutional level.

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Senior Chief Resident, Heidi Tucker, gowns up in full PPE for a
COVID airway intubation

Orientation
Due to the pandemic, both resident and fellow
orientations were modified and consisted of a
hybrid virtual and in-person program. For example,



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