TWO THUMBS UP! A Review of the “PULMOSERYE: Pulmonary Patient Miniseries… Dead or Alive: The Saga of Mang Jose”- a Clerkship Learning Activity During the Pandemic


The World Health Organization declared Covid 19 a pandemic in March 2020, disrupting medical education and creating a significant void in the hospital rotation of the clinical clerks. Alternative methods of teaching and learning had to be instituted, and since face-to-face encounters were still not allowed, all these activities had to be online. While the various activities were able to challenge critical analysis and thinking, the Section on Pulmonary Medicine felt that the clerks would benefit most from activities that would most closely simulate an actual patient encounter. And so, the PulmoSerye was born: a miniseries that followed the patient from initial consultation in the emergency room resulting in admission, events that happened in the ward, formulation of the Master Problem List, progress notes, giving discharge orders, writing the discharge summary, and finally a follow up via Telemedicine. This is what the clerks would have experienced if they had been in hospital. Activities such as the Pulmoserye should be highly considered as a viable option should clerkship hospital rotations once again be put on hold.

Key words: Covid 19, online learning, medical education, innovation, clinical clerkship

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