Stories of the pandemic from ACP Hospitalist and our readers

The special pandemic-focused November ACP Hospitalist is now online and in the mail, with in-depth reporting from COVID-19 hotspots and essays and poems crafted by our readers.


The November issue of ACP Hospitalist focuses on our readers' experiences during the pandemic. Hospitalists from three COVID-19 hotspots—New York City, New Orleans, and Phoenix—describe their programs' initial responses to the novel coronavirus in this month's main story. Also in this issue are the results of our August solicitation for readers' writing. Hospitalists take on the pandemic in their own words, with poems and essays about patient encounters, collaboration with colleagues, stories about families, and more. Their writings, which range from humorous to heartbreaking, are divided into parts 1, 2, and 3 on ACP Hospitalist's website.

The November Success Story also came out of the solicitation for reader experiences, describing how one hospital medicine program used telehealth to keep track of the many patients with COVID-19 who passed through their doors. The Brief Case section collects cases from physicians at several different institutions, and this month's Q&A looks at how time changes, including the one earlier this month, may increase risks for patients. On a lighter note, Newman's Notions highlights the perils of getting too comfortable during virtual meetings.