Medical schools and teaching hospitals step up to support rural communities

The Association of American Medical Colleges summarizes actions by medical schools and teaching hospitals to support rural communities in the pandemic. In mid-March as COVID-19 hit Tennessee, East Tennessee State University scrambled to set up the first testing site in the rural region. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences set up a mobile testing unit and has transferred sicker COVID-19 patients from smaller facilities to larger hospitals. Teaching hospitals also support local rural populations with expanded telemedicine and creative dissemination of health information, including through public television to circumvent lack of internet access. #covid-19 #rural

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