Alvarez RD, Goff BA, Chelmow D, Griffin TR, Norwitz ER, De Lancey JO. Reengineering academic departments of obstetrics and gynecology to operate in a pandemic world and beyond: a joint American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society and Council of University Chairs of Obstetrics and Gynecology statement. American journal of obstetrics and gynecology. 2020 Jun 17. PMID: 32561227 [PubMed] PMCID: PMC7298467
The coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic has significantly disrupted operations in academic departments of obstetrics and gynecology throughout the United States and will continue to affect them in the foreseeable future. It has also created an environment conducive to innovation and the accelerated implementation of new ideas. These departments will need to adapt their operations to accommodate coronavirus disease 2019 and to continue to meet their tripartite mission of clinical excellence, medical education, and women's health research. This "Call to Action" paper from the leaders of American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society and Council of University Chairs of Obstetrics and Gynecology provides a framework to help the leaders of departments of obstetrics and gynecology reimagine and reengineer their operations in light of the current coronavirus disease 2019 crisis and future pandemics.