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April 3, 2020
From the Department Chair

The public health crisis continues, and each of us tries to cope the best we can. It feels like the whole world is no longer what we have been used to. The fact that, outdoors, a beautiful spring is unfolding feels strangely out of sync with the chaos that has descended on us with the coronavirus. 
 
How many days have we been operating this way now? It feels like months, but it’s only been about three weeks. I know that for many of us the implementation of remote video visits has been delayed more than we hoped for. It does seem that there is light at the end of the tunnel and next week, hopefully, all of us should have been provisioned for use of eVisit.
 
As I mentioned in my Doctors’ Day message, I am profoundly grateful to be working with a team that handles this unprecedented crisis with such a profoundly professional attitude. Please let’s all stay aware that we are truly in this together. Let’s treat each other as we would if we were shipwrecked together on a remote island.

Thank you,
Ole Thienhaus
In Memoriam
 
On March 26, we lost a dear colleague and friend to many of us. Steve Galper, MD, died after a brief battle with cancer. Everyone who ever met Steve will remember his infectious good humor and ready wit. He was a true renaissance man who had completed degrees in engineering and law before going to medical school and psychiatric residency training. Steve had a unique way of thinking about issues and was able to make any discussion into a journey of discovery. Add to that a boundless kindness and dedication to patient care, and you have before you a professional who served as a role model for many of us. My recollection was of first meeting Steve when he served as psychiatrist in the Pima County Adult Detention Center. Our thoughts are, at this time, with Steve’s wife, Dr. Carol Q. Galper, and their family.
Clinical Updates
Outpatient

Like the whole world, the Whole Health Clinic has been making many changes very rapidly. Staff have been as busy as ever reaching out to all of our members (over 1,000 now!) to check on their well-being and to provide as many services as possible either over the phone or via telehealth platform. We continue to have a few members present to the clinic every day either for a med box, an injection, or other clinically necessary services. A big shout out to all staff who still work from the clinic to ensure our members are cared for appropriately. Their commitment is awe inspiring!

Education Updates
 
Psychiatry Residency and Fellowship programs continue to reach out to our numerous sites, promoting a unifying approach to academic requirements amidst personal safety concerns. The annual GME Scholarly Day has been cancelled in May, though Psychiatry residents will still produce posters of their QI projects. Special thanks to all faculty who have brought forward concerns and have offered support!
 
Congratulations to the psychology post docs and externs who were matched as follows: Alicia Nuñez, UCLA-Harbor Medical Center; Erik Wing, Minneapolis VA; Erin Hanks-Moehr, Sierra Tucson Residential and OP Treatment Center; Lindsey Collins, Lindner Center of Hope in Cincinnati, Ohio; Caroline Shanholtz, Medical University of South Carolina; Jaclyn Wolf, Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families in Camarillo, CA.
Research

All research faculty with ongoing studies: If you haven’t done so already, please ensure you complete a mitigation plan to prepare for the impact of COVID-19 on your individual lab’s/team’s research and personnel. A template and additional materials can be found here. Please work with Bryan to submit any planned protocol changes to rework your studies to address the current pandemic (e.g., moving study visits from on-site visits to remote visits via Zoom, Zoom For Health, telephone, etc.).
 
Senior Vice President for Research & Innovation Elizabeth (Betsy) Cantwell sent a memo on Wednesday stating that all research is considered non-essential without an approved waiver.  All research that is now and can continue to be 100% conducted in a remote manner without face-to-face interaction is automatically exempt and may continue to be conducted.  Find links to the waiver, and other details, here.
Kudos!
 
Polly Haffner gets a shout out from Susan Lockwood for being thoughtful and kind. Susan shares: “We had a Zoom call and I had mentioned I was feeling down due to the COVID stricture’s and social isolation and compounding that fact was the closure of Starbucks in my area. I was kind of joking, but not really. The next morning my doorbell rings and it’s Polly with a tray of lattes and a hot chocolate for my daughter. She drove from Marana to my house on 22nd street and Harrison to brighten my day.”
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