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CBSSM's Dr. Susan Goold was appointed to the AcademyHealth Education Council Executive Committee for three years. She will help develop strategies and programs for professional development in health services research.

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CBSSM's Director Reshma Jagsi and colleagues quantified the early impact of COVID-19 on the gender gap in publications. Using mixed-effects regression models, they estimated that women’s shares of first authorships, last authorships and general representation per author group are 23%, 16% and 16% lower for COVID-19 papers compared to 2019 papers published in the same journals. This study was also recently highlighted in the Scientific American.

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When COVID-19 struck, health care pivoted hard. Any unnecessary procedures or appointments were postponed. For people with cancer, that pivot was particularly shattering. CBSSM's Laila Gharzai, Reshma Jagsi, and colleagues interviewed eight physicians to identify specific communication challenges related to COVID-19 and surveyed 48 patients to get their perspective. They identified three core communication strategies and applied them to eight specific scenarios impacting patients, including concerns around risk of COVID-19, delays in testing or treatment, changes to treatment and follow up care. Informed by the communication strategies, the team created examples of language that oncologists could use to respond to patients empathetically. Their results are published in JAMA Oncology.