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June 11, 2020

Check for continuing updates on the COVID-19 situation through USC's online hub for information, the internal website for faculty and staff (sign-in required) and the Keck Medicine of USC page for patients and visitors.

Four stories to read this weekend, chosen by our editors

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Four medical professionals present a banner reading White Coats for Black Lives Matter.

Health Sciences Campus community observes eight minutes, 46 seconds of silence

In solidarity with the organization White Coats for Black Lives, faculty and students across the Health Sciences Campus, including USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, gathered to join a nationwide observance of silence for eight minutes and 46 seconds in honor of George Floyd and others who have lost their lives due to racial injustice.

A tuxedo-clad man beams in a wheelchair.

Patient's long journey leads to recovery after transplant surgery

When Timothy Thomas, 36, experienced a sudden heart attack followed by cardiac failure, he was sent to Keck Medicine, where he would spend months waiting for a heart transplant while machines kept him alive. When the staff found out that Thomas was engaged, they offered him an extraordinary gift — by throwing a hospital wedding for him.

A phoropter boasts multiple adjustable lenses.

Ophthalmology residents adapt amid COVID-related disruptions

Amidst the pandemic, barrier shields meant to protect patients and physicians from COVID-19 transmission went on national backorder. Charles DeBoer, MD, PhD, responded by spending his own time and personal resources to build personal protective equipment customized for ophthalmic exams, allowing doctors and patients to resume eye care visits safely.

A young woman in a white coat has a virtual visit with another young woman.

Actors who portray patients face a new world of virtual medical exams

Standardized patients are actors who help the Keck School of Medicine of USC faculty test their students' interpersonal skills as well as their medical knowledge. The work requires simulating emotional and psychosocial issues along with physical symptoms in a realistic way, which presented a challenge when standardized patient visits went virtual.

Featured Event

The USC School of Pharmacy and the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics

Date: Tuesday, June 16

Time: 1 p.m.

Event: "Prioritizing Infectious Disease Research in Treatment and Vaccine Development," moderated by Vassilios Papadopoulos, DPharm, PhD, USC School of Pharmacy

Location: Webinar

Info and registration (required): Visit the event webpage.

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