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Behind the Shield: The fight is not yet over

October 29, 2020

I am an internal medicine resident at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in New York City, New York. I graduated from UT Health San Antonio’s Long School of Medicine in 2018. As part of my training in the internal medicine residency program, I have worked in both the hospital’s emergency room and on the inpatient […]




Behind the Shield: Supported even in isolation

September 28, 2020

When COVID-19 hit, we were bombarded with messages via telephone and our patient portal, MyChart. Patients had so much concern from secondary or tertiary contact from COVID-19 and they were looking for guidance. We were able to pivot quickly to provide care through telemedicine, which allowed us to reach our most vulnerable patients. Some patients […]




Behind the Shield: Navigating the COVID-19 learning curve

September 18, 2020

I graduated from the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner program in 2018 and am currently a nursing PhD student (class of 2022). I also am a faculty member in the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine and work for UT Health Physicians as a nurse practitioner in hospital medicine at University Hospital. […]




Behind the Shield: From radiation oncology to COVID care

September 10, 2020

I am a radiation oncology resident who was involved in taking care of COVID-19 patients at the Audie Murphy VA Medical Center. I trained for nearly three years solely in an outpatient setting, where patients aren’t typically sick enough to warrant acute hospital-level care. So I must admit that the thought of diving back into […]



Melissa Ku, Nursing student

From testing to tested: A first-hand experience with COVID-19

September 3, 2020

As a member of the diagnostic COVID-19 laboratory at UT Health Rio Grande Valley’s Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing lab, UT Health San Antonio nursing student Melissa Ku witnessed the pandemic’s surge first hand. As the pandemic spread, Ku, who is in the final semester of nursing school, wanted to join the fight in […]