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Tele-fellowships for addiction medicine

Deepak Gupta, MD


The COVID-19 pandemic has been an eye-opener to the world. Global shutdown for infection control has moved workers to virtual workplaces for working remotely. Considering the infectious globalized world, the humbling experience of the COVID-19 pandemic may not wear off even after the pandemic is scientifically and officially over because the COVID-19 pandemic may have impressed and permanently imprinted upon the humanity that (a) human-to-human in-person interactions may be potentially contagious, always and (b) feasibility of virtual interfaces among humans may make human-to-human interactions safer, always. Therefore, without being skeptical about the new normal due to global reshaping of humanity, it may be time for Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) to consider tele-fellowships because freshly graduating residents or already practicing physicians may be better off not putting off their fulltime tele-medicine practicing jobs for getting mandatorily institutionalized education before being rewarded/awarded with degrees/certifications especially if the warranted clinical skills to practice new normal medical sub-specialties may be safely honed remotely.


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