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The Buzz | May/June '20

The Buzz

TO WATCH | BMC Virtual Spring Symposium

All programming from the BMC Virtual Spring Symposium is now available on Eyetube. Originally broadcast on May 29 and May 30, this virtual meeting covered a range of topics, including resuming practice during COVID-19, optimizing surgical outcomes, utilizing tools for telemedicine, and much more. Also archived are musical performances and transition videos created to connect (and entertain) the ophthalmic community.

TO FOLLOW | First Lung Transplant Performed in COVID-19 Patient

Surgeons at Northwestern Medicine performed a double-lung transplant in a patient whose lungs were damaged by COVID-19. The patient, a woman in her 20s, had spent 6 weeks in the COVID ICU on a ventilator and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation before undergoing the procedure. “How did a healthy woman in her 20s get to this point? There’s still so much we have yet to learn about COVID-19. Why are some cases worse than others? The multidisciplinary research team at Northwestern Medicine is trying to find out,” said pulmonologist Rade Tomic, MD, Medical Director of Northwestern’s Lung Transplant Program.

TO LISTEN | Survive & Thrive: Transitioning to Practice

Gary Wörtz, MD, is joined by Nandini Venkateswaran, MD, and Dagny Zhu, MD, to discuss the transition from ophthalmology training to practice. Tune in for insights into navigating the challenges that arise throughout this period of professional and personal change, including how to make time for yourself and how to stay fulfilled during even the most stressful times.

TO READ | The Gender Gap

Women and men in ophthalmology participated in a virtual roundtable, published in CRST, to discuss gender issues in their field and beyond. These ophthalmologists weigh in on the importance of diversity in leadership, share anecdotes from their personal and professional lives, and comment on the progress that still needs to be made to address gender inequality.