Navigating urology’s new normal and mitigating the effects of a second wave of COVID-19
Keywords:COVID-19, second wave, pandemic, virtual clinic, telemedicine, personal finance, education
The initial wave of the COVID-19 crisis forced immediate and seismic changes on urological practice, patient care, and education — collateral damage to the upending of societal and global economic norms. Lockdowns and limitations curtailed access to the physical spaces of the clinic and operating room, and slashed remuneration secondarily. As the curves flattened and healthcare infrastructure was deemed secure, we have begun opening our societies and clinical lives again. Remote care, in particular, has remained the default model of care, with attendant changes in how urological experience and education are obtained. As the colder weather looms, so does uncertainty about repeated waves of infection, the sustainability of the businesses that sustain our economy, and the ability to provide high-quality, uninterrupted care outside of emergencies. To this end, we have compiled perspective and advice from previous authors and contributors to the CUA and CUAJ’s educational and research output, with a view to the future, to second waves, and ever-altered clinical landscapes.
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