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2.9 Coronavirus Database by Students Against COVID with Dan Rosenbush DO

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2.9 Coronavirus Database by Students Against COVID with Dan Rosenbush DO

Dr. Dan Rosenbush talks about #Students_Against_COVID’s database of clinical resources for medical students and the infodemic resulting from COVID-19. 

Show Notes

The Purpose of #Students_Against_COVID 

How to Curate and Assess Research and Information 

The Infodemic & The Limitations of Knowledge 

The Mistrust of Professional Health Organizations 

Physicians as Effective Information Disseminators 

Categories in #Students_Against_COVID’s Clinical Resource Database 

The Safe Hands Challenge  

Chase DiMarco talks to Dr. Dan Rosenbush, a D.O., a PH, and a first-year family medicine resident at St Margaret’s in Pittsburgh, PA. He is also a team lead for #Students_Against_COVID. Chase and Dan talk about #Students_Against_COVID’s database of clinical resources for medical students, the infodemic resulting from COVID-19, and tips for curating and assessing the research that you read.

Students_Against_COVID began earlier this year as the result of a Twitter post by a medical student in Michigan, asking how people were using their time to combat COVID. Dr. Rosenbush communicated that he had been working on clinical education and information dissemination at his medical school. As a result of this interaction, #Students_Against_COVID was formed. It is a movement comprised of 175+ volunteers, 36+ languages and massive student organizations from over 45+ countries, joining forces with one aim in mind: to help respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

One of the resources that #Students_Against_COVID provides is a single-page coronavirus clinical resources database for medical students. The coronavirus database includes recommended COVID resources, links to relevant professional organizations, clinical guides, research collections, volunteer opportunities, guides for special populations such as the homeless, and more. The members of #Students_Against_COVID curate and update the information on the page. 
During the curation process for the COVID database, the students use several rules of thumb:  

Look for articles from well-respected authors, journals, or organizations. 
Look at how well an article fits with the trend of prior research. 
Familiarize themselves with statistical reporting to allow more accurate interpretation of the results. 
Think about how the study fits into the bigger picture and how it influences patient treatment.  

Overall, Dr. Rosenbush recommends that medical students cultivate the skill of accurately interpreting research, and delve more into fields like epidemiology and statistics. 
For the public more generally, there has recently been an “infodemic” – lots of information is being transmitted, especially due to social media, but not all the information is of high quality. Dr. Rosenbush emphasizes that the public must understand that every piece of information or research has its limitations. This is built into scientific studies, where almost every paper has a section detailing limitations. However, information shared on social media is often shared with disproportionate confidence. 
Although all information is limited, Dr. Rosenbush encourages people to look to professional organizations. These organizations have a track record of and a strong background in providing quality information, and for interpreting quick-moving data, like COVID dat. It is unlikely that these organizations have nefarious aims. Chase and Dr. Rosenbush also agree that physicians are in a unique position to provide clinical education about coronavirus to their patients, who have a relationship with them and trust them. 
Sign up for a Free Coaching session with Chase DiMarco, sponsored by Prospective Doctor! You can also join the Med Mnemonist Mastermind FB Group today and learn more about study methods, memory techniques, and MORE! 
Additionally, check out for access to the clinical resource database mentioned in this podcast, and for other student initiatives. You can also access the American College of Physicians (ACP) Physician’s Guide to COVID-19. For resources on interpreting COVID news, check out The COVID Tracking Project. For information on scientific research regarding COVID, check out the NIH page on coronavirus.

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Chase is an MS, MBA-HA and MD/Ph.Dcandidate. He is the Founder and educator at MedEd University, which he began in 2014 to consolidate free educational resources for his classmates. He is the host of the Medical Mnemonist Podcast, creator of several medical education platforms, and is the CEO of FindARotation.

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