PRP058: COVid TElehealth Quarantine and Convalescence Support: Medical Student Telehealth Involvement During the COVID19 Pandemic
Sarah Gillespie, BA; Megan Mendez Miller, DO; Megha Patel, BSc, MSc; Tobias Krussig, BS; Jessica Parascando; Vladimir Khristov, BS; Melody Wang
Context: This study evaluates the impact of COVID-19 TElehealth Quarantine and Convalescence Support (COV-TEQCS) team on participating medical students during the COVID-19 pandemic. COV-TEQCS involvement is offered as one of the crucial task forces within a Health Systems: COVID-19 Response longitudinal elective. This elective was developed at Penn State University - College of Medicine (PSUCOM) to facilitate how medical students can safely fulfill essential roles in COVID-19 response and service in our institution and community. Students worked with faculty to provide protocol-driven risk assessment and 1-2 month close follow up of COVID+ patients and their families through telehealth. In the context of disrupted traditional medical education, COV-TEQCS has provided a foundation for the expansion of student involvement in telemedicine visits under direct supervision and mentorship by faculty in Family Medicine and Internal Medicine Departments. Objective: To identify the impact of COV-TEQCS team involvement on medical student self-efficacy, agency, loneliness, isolation, medical education, and professional identity development through participation in telehealth visits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Study Design: Qualitative study. Setting: Primary care telemedicine visits for COV-TEQCS occurred by telephone via Doximity and online video via Penn State Health Amwell virtual forum. Population studied: Medical students at PSUCOM who are involved with the COV-TEQCS elective. Intervention: Participation in the COV-TEQCS task force under a longitudinal Health Systems Elective. Focus groups consisting of PSUCOM students who participated in the elective. Conversations will be audio recorded, transcribed and thematically analyzed in Microsoft Word. Outcome Measures: Self-agency, efficacy, professional identity development and sense of preparedness for residency. Secondary outcomes are student wellness, loneliness, knowledge and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic and clinical experience. Expected Outcomes: We anticipate that taking part in the health systems elective will increase self-efficacy and agency, reduce student self-reported loneliness and isolation, and promote these students’ medical education and professional identity with these alternative forms of clinical care. The impact of COV-TEQCS on medical students will provide further insight and appreciation for methods of student involvement in anticipation of a similar crisis in the future.