Saturday, December 19, 2020

There is no such thing as an algorithm

ProPublica

Stanford Medicine residents who work in close contact with COVID-19 patients were left out of the first wave of staff members for the new Pfizer vaccine. In their place were higher-ranking doctors

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“Residents are patient-facing, we’re the ones who have been asked to intubate, yet some attendings who have been face-timing us from home are being vaccinated before us” 

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An algorithm chose who would be the first 5,000 in line.

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In response to the residents’ protests, ...chief medical officer, sent an email saying, “Please know that the perceived lack of priority for residents and fellows was not the intent at all.”