August COVID-19 update from leadership

Mark Scheurer, M.D., and Andrew Atz, M.D.
August 20, 2020
Back to School

Dear friends,

Welcome to August heat and humidity and our first tropical storm event. We earnestly hope that all are safe from the pandemic and Mother Nature. Vigilance remains important: Please continue to wear a mask, social distance and wash your hands.

As you may have read, the Charleston County School District is working with MUSC public health experts to ensure they can safely reopen for students and teachers. This collaborative effort is part of MUSC’s Back2Business program launched to help South Carolina businesses safely reopen and regenerate our economy. The school district guidance expanded to multiple school districts across the state to include a series of virtual presentations from our pediatric infectious disease experts to school administrators, teacher, nurses and staff.

We also created a series of back-to-school and “Your COVID-19 Questions Answered” consumer virtual town halls which were highly attended and informative for parents in our communities. We will continue these consumer town halls through the fall and address new topics and concerns as they arise. We have learned through the pandemic: communicate, communicate and communicate again.

Late summer/early fall traditionally brings next year’s hopeful fellows and residents to campus for interviews, tours and traditional Lowcountry cuisine. As with everything else in 2020, this year’s recruitment effort is being conducted virtually. Program directors and faculty members had to quickly pivot to create expansive libraries of virtual MUSC Health experiences for next year’s potential class of fellows and residents. We know our faculty and their achievements are compelling factors to choose MUSC but videos of our unique children’s hospital and the many medical and technological innovations also impact applicant’s decisions. It is challenging to harness this campus’ energy and compassion in a video!

As you know, it is MUSC Children’s & Women’s health’s goal to help our communities better understand the new normal and trust that the future will improve for everyone. Our care teams rise to the occasion each day with this goal in mind. After all, they live here, too.

Again, we hope you and yours are healthy and are finding safe activities to enjoy our beautiful city, region and state. See you next month.

Mark Scheurer, M.D., and Andrew Atz, M.D.
MUSC Children’s Health

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Mark Scheurer, M.D., and Andrew Atz, M.D.