Now Available @ our VA – Inpatient COVID Vaccines!!!

The COVID-19 Vaccine is now available at the SD VA for our inpatients! You can order it by going to: Inpatient Meds and then clicking the Immunization/Skin Test menu. 

One caveat to keep in mind: for patients going to a SNF, please discuss vaccination with the Social Worker. Vaccination can negatively impact disposition options, as some SNFs require other vaccines (pneumovax, influenza) and the CDC still recommends a minimum 14-day interval before or after administration of any other vaccine. 

Reach out to Alex Cypro ( with any questions or concerns. Go and vaccinate your patients today!


Join the COVID-19 Critical Care Training Forum for another high-yield session this Tuesday, 12/8 at 5pm. This week’s topic is “The Management of Patients with Severe ARDS Due to COVID-19 with Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO).” 

Please Register here:

Moderator: Mazen F. Odish, MD, UCSD

Presenters/Discussants include: Daniel Brodie, MD, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons; Eddy Fan, MD, PhD, FRCPC, University of Toronto and UHN/MSH; Cameron McGuire, MD, Fellow, UCSD; and Lauren Sullivan, MD, Fellow, UCSD

For recordings of prior sessions of this ATS forum, please visit:

Pulmonary Embolism and COVID-19

Join us on Tuesday, November 10th at 5 PM to learn about the work-up and management of pulmonary emboli during the current pandemic. Dr. Laura Crotty Alexander will moderate the session and we are lucky to have amazing expert discussants, including UCSD’s own Drs. Timothy Morris, Timothy Fernandes, and Daniel Bond. We will also hear from Drs. Richard Channick (UCLA) and Victor Tapson (Cedars-Sinai).  

Earn CME Credit in this Upcoming Forum! Register here:

This one-hour webinar will focus on the incidence, pathogenesis and management of patients with thromboses during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will present cases of pulmonary emboli, review how the recommended workup and management of these cases has evolved over the duration of the pandemic, and discuss potential mechanisms underlying the prothrombotic state seen in COVID-19. 

COVID-19 Training Forum tonight at 5PM!

Join us for another installment of the ATS COVID-19 Critical Care Training Forum tonight, Tuesday 8/25, at 5 PM. This forum focuses on teaching critical care topics followed by an open discussion for early career professionals and non-ICU trained healthcare providers. Two of your co-residents, Neal Jones and Ali Crisp, will discuss their experience providing Tele-ICU care to patients in El Centro.

You can register here:

Details for tonight’s session: 

Topic: Providing Virtual Critical Care / Tele-ICU in Resource Limited and Cross-Cultural Settings: Challenges and Opportunities for Volunteerism, Education and Patient Care 

Moderator: Laura E. Crotty Alexander, MD, UCSD, PCCSM

Discussants: Erica Lin, MD, UCSD; Jess Mandel, MD, UCSD; Venktesh Ramnath, MD, UCSD; Neal Jones, MD, UCSD; Ali Crisp, MD, UCSD 

ATS COVID-19 Forum Tue 8/18 at 5 PM

Join our UCSD Pulmonary and Critical Care faculty and fellows for a lively and high-yield discussion on the care of patients with COVID-19. Since April, this virtual forum has been bringing expert guidance for providers without critical care training in an accessible format. Tomorrow’s session will include an all-star UCSD line-up:

  • “COVID-19 Case Presentation” by Erica Lin, MD  
  • “Best Practices in Caring for Critically Ill COVID-19 Patients” by Amy Bellinghausen Stewart, MD 
  • “Updates and Controversies in COVID Care: what therapies have and have not panned out” by Cameron McGuire, MD 
  • “Mechanisms Underlying Hypoxemia in COVID-19″ by Atul Malhotra, MD 

You can register and watch recordings of prior sessions of this forum at:

Hope to see you all there! 

VA and UCSD PPE Updates

Hi all! Thank you everyone for wearing your PPE at both UCSD and the VA. We understand that keeping up with the latest guidelines at each site can be confusing, so luckily we have Dr Jassal to show us what to “don” in all of our patient encounters! Two big difference s between VA and UCSD are that the VA REQUIRES an N95 in all COVID rooms and safety glasses are not considered appropriate eye protection in any patient room. If you wear a mask and either safety goggles or face-shield in all non-COVID rooms, you are following Infection Control guidelines at both the VA and UCSD.

A Cautionary Tale: We could be the biggest COVID risk factor to one another.

Dear UCSD IM Family,

I just want to remind and plead with you to please keep our UCSD family safe by socially distancing, masking and washing your hands, at work and away from work. See the news story below about 18 anesthesia trainees in a program in Florida infected with COVID after a party. Please protect yourself, your loved ones (including our UCSD IM family) and our patients. We are role models and we are essential