Dr. Nicola G. Ghazi, Clinical Professor and Chairman of Ophthalmology
On hospital preparedness for COVID-19, ophthalmic care and innovative teaching.
Since the COVID-19 lockdown, I have been involved in a series of measures at the hospital, in ophthalmic care, and teaching. I took part in planning the hospital-wide COVID-19 preparedness through intensive, institution-wide virtual meetings, implemented specific guidelines for operations in the ophthalmology department, and coordinated all clinical activities with its members. I have also been involved in a fundraising campaign for LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital that yielded a significant donation.
Meanwhile, I collaborated with our affiliates and infection control team to ensure our rotating residents’ safety and delivered urgent ophthalmic care to patients in collaboration with our residents.
On the teaching level, we established a virtual platform for academic activities such as lectures, grand rounds, mortality morbidity conferences and journal clubs in collaboration with our residency program director and co-clerkship director, Dr. Ama Sadaka. Along with Dr. Sadaka, and to meet clerkship goals, we also developed an innovative online curriculum for our rotating medical students. This included core and advanced ophthalmic lectures, examination technique videos and simulations, surgical videos, and case discussions.
In these challenging times, we all have to pull together and offer what help we can. To that end, I participated in the LAU Coronavirus Telecare and the LAU Mobile Clinic.