I’m just curious how other institutions are handling regular scheduled conferences like tumor boards, faculty meetings, etc. My institution sent out new guidelines prohibiting all administrative meetings and cancelling all hosted events and recommending no gatherings unless you can maintain 6 feet distance, but no one seems to have made any mention about how this applies to medical conferences. While I realize these conferences are important to care, they aren’t essential and all parties aren’t essential to be in attendance for the goal to be achieved.
My question comes from my role as a pathologist (and the daughter of someone with end stage MS who would not likely survive COVID-19). I present images and read a report. This information is important (well, images are not) but they are all things that are not essential to the actual conference as the information is available without me being in attendance. There are others who have similar roles (eg. radiology, social work, nutrition) so all of this is great for a multi disciplinary conference for education when not in the midst of the spread of a new virus. But it seems the attendance should be adjusted for the current circumstances. I was going to bring this up today but wasn’t sure if I’m just being too cautious.
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