Tarrant County COVID-19 Activity – 03/16/21


COVID-19 Positive cases: 247,779

COVID-19 related deaths: 3138

Recovered COVID-19 cases: 236,940

Data from Tarrant County Public Heath’s (TCPH) report of COVID-19 activity in Tarrant County, updated Tuesday, March 16, 2021. Find more COVID-19 information from TCPH here.

*These data are provisional and are subject to change at any time.

Deaths and recovered cases are included in total COVID-19 positive cases.

Tarrant County COVID-19 Activity – 03/09/21

COVID-19 Positive cases: 245,629

COVID-19 related deaths: 3028

Recovered COVID-19 cases: 232,733

Data from Tarrant County Public Heath’s (TCPH) report of COVID-19 activity in Tarrant County, updated Tuesday, March 9, 2021. Find more COVID-19 information from TCPH here.

*These data are provisional and are subject to change at any time.

Deaths and recovered cases are included in total COVID-19 positive cases.

Reimagining the Future of Medicine in a Post-COVID World

by Susan Bailey, MD – AMA President

This piece was originally published in the January/February issue of the Tarrant County Physician. You can read find the full magazine here.

Dr. Bailey presented this speech at the AMA’s House of Delegates on November 13, 2020.

In my inaugural address to the AMA House of Delegates in June, I talked about how a hero’s journey is symbolic of the journey we walk as physicians. 

Our journey starts with a moment of inspiration to pursue Medicine. We find a mentor to show us the way. We encounter struggles and hardships before emerging stronger and more resilient . . .  forever changed by the experience.

Few times in history have we embodied the hero’s journey like we have in this past year.  In June I talked about Harry Potter, Star Wars, and The Wizard of Oz . . . but much of the last few months have felt more like the dystopian world of The Hunger Games.  

COVID-19 has brought immense challenges and pain for so many—including our physician community. We have struggled mightily at times. Many of us know a colleague who lost their life to COVID-19.  Many of us have fallen ill, or we have watched a family member or loved one battle the virus. 

We have done things in 2020 that we could not have imagined . . . shining a spotlight in an uncomfortable place—on ourselves—as we repeatedly cried out for more protective equipment to keep us and our patients safe. 

For the financial aid to keep our struggling practices afloat.

For the information and resources to make sense of it all. To provide counsel for our patients. To better understand what we were up against.

As we greet the new year 2021, the pandemic feels a little different now. 

We don’t know if it is the end of the beginning . . . or the beginning of the end. But we are a bit wiser and a bit tougher than before. 

As with every hero’s story, we must learn from the trying times we have experienced. We must grow and move forward because that is what a hero is asked to do. 

We don’t know everything about the journey ahead, but there is plenty we do know. 

This year has shown us the best in physicians and our health care community—the nurses, assistants and staff personnel who are always by our side. 

Who are in the trenches with us even in the most difficult of times . . . and that understand the importance of physician-led teams. 

But this year also has revealed how politics can be corrosive . . . how misinformation and anti-science rhetoric can impede our ability to respond in a health emergency and can magnify the cracks and inequities in our health system.

Nine months into our fight against COVID-19, the pandemic is as dangerous as ever. We have reached record highs and surges continue across the country.

We have learned in this most difficult year that no person and no community is safe from this virus. It reaches everyone . . . no matter their background, their income, or their politics.

And yet, in face of this pandemic—perhaps the greatest threat to public health in our lifetimes—physicians have heroically answered the call.

Time and again, through surges and plateaus, working under intense pressure and at great personal risk, our physician community has risen to the challenge of this moment.

We have done this with courage and with selflessness because of our singular dedication to our patients’ health. 

And now, with a new year ahead and possible vaccines on the horizon . . . we are about to make a fresh start. Change is in the air.

Never again can we allow the politics of division to undermine our ability to deliver the very best care to our patients.

Never again can we allow anti-science bias and rhetoric to undermine our public health institutions . . . and discredit the work of physicians, scientists, and researchers.

Never again can we allow a campaign of misinformation and disinformation to co-opt conversations around public health . . . and sow divisions that only serve to prolong the suffering of so many.

Never again can we allow public health officials to feel the pressure of threats and intimidation simply for doing their jobs.

And especially when lives are at stake, never again should physicians have to fight a war on two fronts—caring for severely ill patients in a raging pandemic . . . while at the same time battling a public relations war that questions the legitimacy of our work and our motives.

This is unacceptable . . . and we will not and cannot continue to work in this atmosphere.

While we have seen the best of physicians in 2020 . . . we were reminded again of the power of the AMA, the TMA, the TCMS, and of the entire Federation community working on our behalf and being our voice when it mattered most. 

Our organizations created tools and resources—all grounded in credible science and evidence—to help us respond to this historic crisis. 

We pushed the administration to accelerate production for testing and PPE. TMA and TCMS kept our practices supplied with life-saving equipment. 

Our medical organizations helped establish a financial lifeline for struggling physician practices, securing tens of billions of dollars in financial support, grants, and interest-free loans to infuse practices with much-needed capital to survive this pandemic. 

Organized medicine was a leading national voice in support of science, evidence, and data as the surest path through this pandemic, launching a major public health campaign to encourage everyone, everywhere to “Mask Up.” 

All of us should be proud of how organized medicine has stood up for physicians this year.

As with every hero’s story, we must learn from the trying times we have experienced. We must grow and move forward because that is what a hero is asked to do. 

That is what physicians are expected to do. 

That is what we expect of ourselves.

All of us are eager to see an end to this pandemic. And with encouraging new reports about vaccines nearing approval, there is tremendous excitement about what the new year will bring.

But we are not there yet. All of us need to continue to do our parts. We need to constantly remind everyone to wear masks, wash hands, and physically distance. We need to remain steadfast and focused until the very end. 

We should not underestimate the fight in our opponent. Every time we feel like we have COVID-19 on the ropes, here and abroad, we see it roaring back.

We have to remain strong and follow where the science leads us.

The next few months will be buzzing with anticipation about the post-COVID world that will emerge. 

Regardless of when that day arrives     . . .  and when normalcy returns, whatever that will look like . . . our AMA, specialty, state, and county societies will play a critical role in shaping the health system of the future.    

A system that ensures that everyone has access to the affordable and meaningful coverage they need. 

A system that relies on science, evidence, and data to guide our approach to public health and prevention. 

A system free of the historic barriers to care . . . and ensures that all patients stand on equal footing.

A system that supports and integrates a revitalized public health infrastructure.

A system that protects the patient-physician relationship from outside influence at all costs.

And a system that prioritizes physician health and wellness . . . and eases administrative burdens that take us away from what we do best . . . caring for our patients. 

Despite the challenges of this past year, and they have been extraordinary, I continue to believe in the power of organized medicine to fix the persistent problems in our health system.

I believe in science and evidence to light our way.

And I believe in the strength and resolve of physicians to take on any challenge . . . and rise to any moment.

The hero’s journey is our journey. And we are exactly where we are meant to be.

Tarrant County COVID-19 Activity – 03/02/21


COVID-19 Positive cases: 243,067

COVID-19 related deaths: 2897

Recovered COVID-19 cases: 225,301

Data from Tarrant County Public Heath’s (TCPH) report of COVID-19 activity in Tarrant County, updated Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Find more COVID-19 information from TCPH here.

*These data are provisional and are subject to change at any time.

Deaths and recovered cases are included in total COVID-19 positive cases.

Tarrant County COVID-19 Activity – 02/27/21

COVID-19 Positive cases: 241,005

COVID-19 related deaths: 2841

Recovered COVID-19 cases: 220,726*

Data from Tarrant County Public Heath’s (TCPH) report of COVID-19 activity in Tarrant County, updated Saturday, February 27, 2021. Find more COVID-19 information from TCPH here.

*These data are provisional and are subject to change at any time.

Deaths and recovered cases are included in total COVID-19 positive cases.

Virtually Interviewing in the Midst of a Pandemic

by David Lam, OMS-IV

This piece was originally published in the January/February issue of the Tarrant County Physician. You can read find the full magazine here.


The residency application process has changed significantly over the past several decades. I remember a grey-haired attending telling me that when he applied to residency, it consisted of hopping in a car, driving down the freeway, and requesting meetings at hospitals he encountered along the way. A strong handshake later, and the promise of training in the specialty of his choice was secured. Since then, the Match process has been transformed with the stratification of candidates by board examinations which dictate competitiveness for certain specialties. We are under pressure to shine starting on day one, with no assurance that our labors will be rewarded by placement into a residency program.

The class before mine underwent the pomp and circumstance of their Match days at home, sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic. My class is interviewing for residencies through virtual platforms. We do our best to capture the vibe of a program through an online tour of a hospital recorded on a GoPro camera attached to a resident’s forehead. Our webcams are always on, and we exercise our zygomatic muscles to maintain a soft smile throughout the events of the day. We try our hardest to convey ourselves in the best light possible, both figuratively and literally (many of us have invested in elaborate lighting set-ups). 

This is not an indictment of the residency programs whose attention we are vying for. These are unique times, and residencies face similar obstacles to those encountered by the applicants being interviewed. As we evaluate a place we may call home for the next three to six years, residency programs are navigating how to choose a class of interns without meeting them in person. Then there is the additional challenge of representing the program’s values and culture on a screen. Many have attempted to replicate pre-interview dinners with meal delivery gift cards or virtual resident speed-dating. One residency even sent a care package with personalized memorabilia from their city. 

Although we have lost the ability to explore our future landing spots during the “golden year” of medical school, there are still many silver linings to consider. Instead of having to coordinate plane rides and lodging, applicants can interview from coast to coast in the comfort of a home setting. For students under financial strain, there are fewer restraints on our ability to consider programs that are farther away. Then there’s the benefit that few will admit—wearing shorts or yoga pants out of view of the camera frame during your interview. 

While this certainly is not how I dreamed my fourth year would go, I nevertheless feel grateful. Leaders in graduate medical education are creatively finding ways to help us make informed decisions about the next step of our training. As we interview with leaders in our respective specialties, we reflect on the rollercoaster journey of medical school and the plethora of lessons learned. In the process of making our rank list, we ask ourselves hard questions about what our priorities are. How do we envision our professional identities and who are the people we want to be around during the formative years of residency training? I look forward to the day when I can be the grey-haired attending who wistfully shares stories of virtually interviewing in the midst of a global pandemic. 

Tarrant County COVID-19 Activity – 02/08/21

COVID-19 Positive cases: 230,088

COVID-19 related deaths: 2473

Recovered COVID-19 cases: 189,861

Data from Tarrant County Public Heath’s (TCPH) report of COVID-19 activity in Tarrant County, updated Monday, February 8, 2021. Find more COVID-19 information from TCPH here.

*These data are provisional and are subject to change at any time.

Deaths and recovered cases are included in total COVID-19 positive cases.