Educational Resources for Clinicians

  1. Coronavirus Disease:
    1. MGH Medical Grand Rounds: COVID-19 Series 
    2. ACCME’s resources
  2. Self-care & How to Protect Yourself and Your Family:
    1. MGH Psychiatry Grand Rounds: Cognitive Behavioral Strategies to Manage Anxiety - Tools to Build Resilience
    2. MGH COVID-19 Seminar: "Breakthroughs in Testing & Tracing"
    3. Info from 3/18 CPD newsletter:  3.18 Newsletter.pdf
  3.  So what is an N95 mask and how is it different from a surgical mask? Is a cloth mask safe?
    1. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends all citizens use a mask as a protective measure, but with so many options available it can be confusing to know which one is best for everyday use. The masks clinicians and first responders need are different from what someone should use when they take trips to the grocery store, and it is important to understand the difference. George Alba, MD, a clinician in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and a researcher at the Mass General Research Institute, helps explain the specifics and best practices according to CDC guidelines. To see and read Dr. Alba's presentation, click here.
  4. Testing Criteria:
    1. Infection Control experts have been collaborating with colleagues across our system to continually evaluate and update our COVID-19 testing criteria based on an assessment of clinical priorities and our testing capacity.
    2. Testing continues to be limited to patients and health care workers who fall into one of the categories identified in the testing criteria.
    3. Ambulatory testing criteria have been expanded to include all patients with active COVID-19 symptoms.
    4. We expect these criteria will continue to evolve as our clinical need and testing capacity change.

Virtual Meeting Resources

  1. Technology:
    1. Zoom — PDF iconVideo Conferencing Instruction Sheet
    2. Other technologies — PDF iconBEI's Remote Education Resources
    3. Other resources — PDF iconECOTE's COVID-19 Guidelines
  2. Strategies for moving discussions online:
    1. Virtual Meeting Tips
    2. ACCME’s Resources
      1. Free Services from Webinar Vendors During COVID-19 Pandemic
      2. Best Practices for Creating a Virtual Meeting: Tips for Planners
      3. Best Practices for Planning and Leading Virtual Meetings: Tips for Faculty
    3. Harvard Business Review: How to Get People to Actually Participate in Virtual Meetings
  3. Rapid Approval for COVID-19 CME
    1. Rapid approval
      1. COVID-19 learning and training activities can receive CME credit under different guidelines. We have a proposal form, Rapid COVID-19 CME Proposal, that can be used for coronavirus educational activities.
        1. Examples of activities include: bedside learning, phone interview with a faculty member who will be having a COVID-19 discussion later that day, Emergency Department morning brief, etc
      2. Click on the following link to submit a proposal: https://av192.infusionsoft.com/app/form/web-form-submitted1 
    2. Disclosures not needed
      1. Currently, we do not need to collect COVID-19 planner or speaker disclosure forms, resolve or disclose information.
        • Please note: Discussion leaders cannot be owners or employees or pharmaceutical or medical device companies.
    3. In-Hospital Series Process for COVID-19
  4. CPD's "Supporting Our Continuing Education Community" Webinar Series:
    1. Video Library
    2. PowerPoint Slides
      1. April 2, 2020
      2. April 9, 2020
      3. April 16, 2020
      4. April 23, 2020
      5. April 30, 2020
      6. May 7, 2020
      7. May 14, 2020
      8. May 21, 2020
      9. May 28, 2020
      10. June 4, 2020
      11. June 11, 2020
      12. June 18, 2020 - Robert Birnbaum, MD
      13. July 9, 2020
      14. July 23, 2020
      15. September 10, 2020 - Janice Palaganas, PhD, APRN, ANEF, FNAP, FAAN, FSSH
  5. CPD Newsletters
    1. April 1, 2020
    2. April 8, 2020
    3. April 15, 2020
    4. April 22, 2020
    5. April 29, 2020
    6. May 6, 2020
    7. May 13, 2020
    8. May 20, 2020
    9. May 27, 2020

Mental Health & Well-Being Resources

  1. Partners Pulse Resource Page
  2. Clinician Resiliency Groups
    1. This program builds resiliency skills for front-line physicians, nurses, patient care service clinicians and advance practice providers. These one-hour sessions will be held virtually twice weekly for four weeks.
  3. Self Service Apps
    1. The Headspace app: available via iOS, Android or desktop, offers sets of guided meditations aimed at tackling problems related to anxiety, sleeplessness and relationships.
    2. The Evermind app: available via iOS and Android, can help you build resilience and handle stress using cognitive behavioral therapy techniques. In the app, you can access guided programs on improving sleep, disconnecting, challenging negative thought patterns and more.
    3. The Care Online: iCBT program, available via iOS, Android or desktop, is an online self-directed cognitive behavioral therapy course offered to patients with anxiety or low-to-moderate levels of depression to help them self-manage symptoms of these conditions.
  4. CPD's Resource & Support Sheet
  5. Self-Service Apps
    1. These apps, which have been clinically vetted by Partners mental health experts, are available for employees and offer a range of levels of support.
  6. Resources to Support Resiliency
    1. Faculty members of the Mass General Hospital Department of Psychiatry have created an online program that focuses on improving stress management and adaptability in the face of adversity. The COVID-19-focused Mental Resilience Augmentation Programs include lessons from previously successful studies.
  7. Youth Resiliency Groups
    1. To manage stress and build resilience in children and adolescents, the Benson-Henry is offering Resilient Youth workshops for kids in grades 1-12. The classes are appropriate for pediatric patients in our network and to children of all employees across the system. The workshops will be held twice weekly for three weeks. There are also plans to add more trainings and multilingual facilitators.
  8. Psychological First Aid: 
    1. In response to the pandemic, some disaster psychologists and their colleagues are reaching out with Psychological First Aid. This approach, commonly used in the aftermath of acute disasters, aims to reduce immediate distress and improve adaptive functioning in the face of a traumatic event.
      1. SAMHSA Factsheet
      2. Managing Stress For Healthcare Workers - Dr. Jim Halpern, American Red Cross
      3. National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Mobile App
  9. Online Resiliency Training: RAMP
    1. MGH Psychiatry has designed three different online courses to help hospital personnel cope with stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. These approaches can be easily learned and have been shown in previous studies to improve people’s ability to weather stress and adapt to adversity.
  10. McLean Mental Health Webinars
    1. A free webinar series offered by McLean experts to help you feel mentally-balanced and safe during these difficult times. Topics include clinician burnout, family support, teen health, sleep and much more. You can also watch previously aired webinars on-demand.
  11. Mass General's Spanish Language Support Programs
    1. As part of Mass General Brigham's COVID-19 response efforts, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has created a Spanish Language Care Group. Sixty-two Spanish-speaking clinicians, across multiple specialties, were recently assembled to assist teams caring for patients with low-English proficiency. Learn more about how the program works in Hotline.