Introducing ‘Front and Center’ in the Coronavirus Pandemic

In this first installment, two doctors and a nurse, all members of Columbia’s faculty, tell us what they’re witnessing and what worries them during the COVID-19 crisis.

Caroline Harting
May 05, 2020

Inspired by the many personal accounts we’ve seen from healthcare workers during this pandemic, Columbia News decided to reach out to doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, public health researchers, physician assistants, social workers and more — Columbians on the front lines and behind the scenes. We asked them to reflect on what they're seeing, what they’re feeling, what they’re worried about, their challenges, their fears, their moments of pride and sorrow. 

Our hope is that this evolving series, “Front and Center,” will, over time, offer a glimpse into how the coronavirus has had an impact on New York City and beyond, not only in its hospitals, but in our homes and everyday lives. 

The first three clips showcase Angela Mills, chair of the department of emergency medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and chief of emergency medicine services at NewYork-Presbyterian; Kellie Bryant, executive director of simulation and assistant professor at the School of Nursing; and Craig Spencer, director of global health in emergency medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. 

After the Crisis, a Focus on Mental Health

Putting Fear Aside to Help Patients

Grateful for the Applause

To support Columbia's health care workers, the Department of Psychiatry at CUIMC, in partnership with ColumbiaDoctors and NewYork-Presbyterian, has developed services to provide psychological support and guidance for stress management and emotional fatigue arising from the COVID-19 crisis. Click here to find out more.