Coronavirus: A Teachable Moment

Mar. 13, 2020

To The UNLV School of Medicine Community:

Smallpox. Yellow fever. Cholera. Typhoid fever. Spanish flu. Diphtheria. Polio. Contaminated water. Measles. HIV/AIDS. Whooping cough. H1N1. Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The more you research the worst infectious disease outbreaks in U.S. history, the more respect you have for the medical professionals who did their best to save the lives of men, women, and children.

Armed with the best medical knowledge of the day and their own selfless desire to heal the infected, American healthcare workers have always done what they are now doing as the coronavirus (COVID-19) explodes around the world and in our nation’s communities -- combat the frightening effects of an outbreak, not shy away from them.

It is not an exaggeration to say that because of them, both the young and old have been able to sleep at night because healthcare providers are willing to stand and fight against a formidable, unseen adversary. 

As an academic medical center, it is our role to provide a wide range of basic and specialized services for patients, to conduct research to inform advancement and innovation in healthcare delivery and to train the next generation of physicians in the best ways to care for their patients, including during a time like we’re in today -- when an unforeseen medical crisis threatens not only the citizens of Southern Nevada but the citizens of the world.

Our top priority is to protect the health of our students, staff, and the public we serve.  

It is also our role to keep all our stakeholders informed. In that vein, I share with you:

We will continue to reach out to you as the situation evolves.

Dr. John Fildes, Dean