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Shirley Gonzalez, MD, FAAP, Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine

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Shirley González, MD, (Educators, ’20) is a medical educator, pediatrician and obesity medicine specialist. Shirley currently holds a position as Assistant Clinical Professor at Tufts, Lecturer at Harvard Medical School, and Pediatrician at Newton Pediatrics.  Shirley’s areas of professional interest include innovative approaches to pediatric obesity, menstrual disturbances in adolescents, and mentoring future medical professionals. Shirley can be followed on LinkedIn or contacted via email.

Thinking Outside the Box: Rethinking Medical Education of the Younger Generation During a Pandemic

The beginning of the COVID-19 surge indicated that we could not safely see our pediatric patients in the office. But patients still needed us either for sick visits, issues related to population health, or reassurance. We could not abandon them. Within the scope of 24-48 hours, we as clinicians were training ourselves on how to teach patients how to connect to MyChart, and use Zoom for telemedicine. At the same time, we were learning how to conduct histories and physicals using telemedicine. Our neuronal connections likely grew exponentially! Soon, we found ways to educate the younger generation, to bring them along this adventure into uncharted territories full of seemingly unsurmountable difficulties which we soon learned to overcome.

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