COVID-19 Resident Resources
The Department of Neurological Surgery is committed to supporting our residents during this pandemic. Here you will find a variety of clinical care, wellness, parenting and educational resources to assist you in navigating this situation.
- Information and Resources for Employees
- COVID-19 PPE Instructions
- Additional Clinical Resources and Patient-Facing Materials Related to Our COVID-19 Response
- Older Documents and Messages Related to Our COVID-19 Response
- Telehealth guidance for residents and fellows
- Add the employee screening tool to your phone
- Management of patients and healthcare personnel during the Covid-19 pandemic:
- Residents/fellows in high-risk groups (eg, those who are immunosuppressed, pregnant, over age 65, or suffer from serious heart disease) should limit direct care of patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, especially during higher risk (e.g., aerosol-generating) procedures, as feasible based on staffing availability. Those with disabilities may seek additional accommodations.
- Pregnant Provider COVID-19 Staffing Recommendations Given that pregnant women have been at higher risk of severe outcomes in other novel respiratory infections, the potential risks of indicated preterm delivery, and the possibility that pregnant women may still be at greater risk of complications from COVID-19 due to our minimal data available on severity/ complications in pregnancy, we recommend that pregnant faculty, trainees, and staff limit direct care of patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 whenever possible. In the event that the needs of our patients prevent removing pregnant employees from caring for COVID-19 patients, pregnant employees should wear a regular face mask while caring for these patients. We will continue to monitor the available data and will update this recommendation in the future if necessary.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we recommend that pregnant faculty, trainees, and staff avoid in-person patient care and patient contact after 37 weeks of gestation. This will minimize maternal infection risk, thus minimizing risk of mother/infant separation after birth if a mother is COVID-19 positive.
The University of California Davis School of Medicine COVID‐19 Emergency Relief fund provides limited financial support for trainees, fellows, and students who are experiencing (or who have experienced) a temporary hardship as a result of the COVID‐19 pandemic.
Please know that there are many wellness resources available to providers that address the unique challenges of coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the on-campus resources listed on our departments wellness page, here are a few COVID-specific resources you may find useful. Please feel free to share these with others.
- From the National Academy of Medicine: Resources to Support the Health and Well-Being of Clinicians During the COVID-19 Outbreak
- From the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS) at the Uniformed Services University: COVID-19 Resources for Healthcare Providers, Families and Leadership
- Also from the CSTS: Covid-19 Pandemic Responses Resources
- Med+Ed: COVID-19 Resources for Healthcare Providers, Families, and Leadership Med+Ed and also here Med+Ed Self Care
- American Academy of Pediatricians: Keeping well in COVID, Resources for Healthcare Professionals Covid AAP
- COVID ready communication playbook by Vital Talk
- Psychological First Aid resources from NY Office of Mental Health and American Psychological Association
- From the University of Rochester, in conjunction with the NY State Office of Mental Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Psychological First Aid
- UCDH and the UC Davis main campus have teamed up to create an online wellness forum to help all stay connected: UC Davis Slack
- Direct Link to the #healthyucdavis channel
- This Padlet by Dana Foradori offers Resources for Healthcare Professionals: Keeping well in Covid
- Caroline Giroux, M.D. has provided this article in The Neighbourly: Gratitude Through Pandemic
- This confidential peer support line is staffed by volunteer psychiatrists: Physician Support Line
- The American College of Lifestyle Medicine offers this tipsheet: Take Time for Self-Care
- American College of Lifestyle Medicine COVID-19 ACLM resources
- Healthwise Incorporated offers this tipsheet: Managing Anxiety During the Covid-19 Outbreak
- NEJM Article on Meditation: A New Era for Mind-body Medicine
- From Nature.com: Mentoring During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Oak App: Free app with mindful, loving-kindness and sleep meditations as well as unguided sessions and breathing exercises.
- Collection of free/discounted wellness apps in the time of COVID 9TO5
- UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness: Guided Audio and Video Meditations
- Dr. Michelle Dossett from General Internal Medicine is conducting a weekly 10-minute Zoom meeting focused on stress reduction (breathing techniques, meditation, movement practices) Wednesday mornings at 7:45 am.
- Drop-in Wellness Zoom Sessions, Tuesday Evening's at 6:00 pm.
- Drop-in Wellness Zoom Sessions, Wednesdays at 12:00 pm.
- Weekly Zoom meeting with the Neurological Surgery Program Director
- Biweekly meeting with the Wellness Team
- Daily Zoom Meeting with the DIO
Please check your Outlook Calendar Invites for Zoom Meeting connection details and contact Staci Leitner if you need additional information on specific Zoom events.
UC Living Fit Forever also has several YouTube workouts:
List of Free Virtual and Livestream Concerts by Billboard Magazine
- UCDH Parenting Resource Group
- The UC Office of The President provides Sittercity, exclusively by Bright Horizons as part of Bright Horizons Care Advantage™, to help you find care. A $140 value provided to most UC employees. Registration and eligibility information is available at UCnet using the Care Advantage Tutorial
- State of California Lodging Program for workers who need to self-isolate due to a documented Covid-19 exposure or who are themselves Covid-19 positive.
- Information on Discounted and UCDH paid rooms at the Courtyard Marriott on the Sacramento Campus.
- UC Davis Worklife in partnership with the YMCA have launched "Learning Labs" for UC Davis Campus and Health Families. The learning labs are for children kindergarten through 6th grade and are fee based. Visit the UC Davis WorkLife YMCA Learning Lab page to learn more and register.
Radiopedia's Radiology Review Videos (new topics released every Mon, Wed and Fri).
Professional society guidance:
- American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) COVID-19 Information Hub
- Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Information Hub
- American College of Surgeons (ACS) COVID-19 General Information Page
- ACS Neurosurgery Specific Information Page
- ACGME and American Board of Medical Specialties Statements
- ABNS and COVID-19
- ACGME Response to Pandemic Crisis
If you have time, please take advantage of the CNS Online Education Lecture Series.