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    Dr. Haug on the South Tower courtyard

  • Employee working in a covid testing facility

    PGY3 Kajal Shah providing care via iPad

  • employees working in a covid facility

    SPU ICU team rounds

  • Employees working in a covid testing facility

    SPU resident and attendings

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    SPU room

Special Pathogens Units

The Department of Medicine and its residency program have played a major role in the clinical care of patients with COVID-19. As the Health System completed construction and outfitting of the South Tower in the spring of 2020, the Special Pathogens Unit (SPU) opened to both ICU and acute care patients with COVID-19. Our Internal Medicine residents began rotating in both the SPU ICU and SPU Floor services in May 2020. They have been front and center alongside ICU APPs, attendings and fellows along with Hospitalist and Gen Med attendings learning about this disease firsthand, from its clinical presentation to the application of clinical trials to the significant impact of social determinants of health. Our residents are exposed to both innovations in care delivery, such as robust telemedicine platforms allowing providers to limit unnecessary room entry and PPE use, and outstanding clinical education. The care of patients with COVID-19 in both the ICU and floor settings has been incorporated into our medical ICU and general medicine workflow since the spring of 2021.

Resident Testimonials

COVID-19 Community Outreach

UVA’s Department of Medicine has been integral in the fight against COVID-19 both locally in Charlottesville and statewide in its service to Virginia. Our residents have also been active serving Charlottesville and Virginia! During the early days of the pandemic, UVA’s Internal Medicine residents pitched in to the Health System’s efforts to care for our community. As we rapidly developed our COVID testing capabilities, UVA IM residents managed positive test results and patient counseling for weeks across the continuum of the Health System. In late summer 2020, UVA Health System organized regular community testing events to help identify local cases and increase access to testing, especially among some of our vulnerable populations. A number of our residents have volunteered their time as COVID testers or in results callback. We have also adapted our Haven mobile shelter for the homeless to a virtual format thanks to an amazing team of University and School of Medicine volunteers in addition to residents, chief residents and faculty.