Saturday, December 19, 2020

There is no such thing as an algorithm


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


“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” 


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


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.”