ASTEC COVID-19 Initiatives

Release Date: 
Friday, March 27, 2020


A Special Message Regarding COVID-19 from ASTEC Executive Director, Allan Hamilton, MD, FACS

During this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, ASTEC is committed to providing unprecedented technology, methodologies, and resources to meet the learning and training needs of our community. We are compiling a multitude of online tools, materials, and interactive technologies to fill the educational gap for our healthcare profession students while they must temporarily step away from the bedside. It is our duty to provide, wherever possible, the strategies and the methods to support our healthcare providers and to ensure that we continue to provide excellent preparation for those who will be tomorrow’s providers. We want you to know that we are all in this together and ASTEC has been mobilized to provide whatever is needed to help us through this crisis.  

What ASTEC is doing to support UAHS

The ASTEC team is building a library of online resources for health sciences educators and students to help bridge the clinical training gap during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are working closely with clerkship directors to roll out the implementation of i-Human, an online software designed to build diagnostic competency and clinical judgment skills.  ASTEC is also collaborating with constituents across campus to build IPE modules to continue the interprofessional mission of UAHS.  Look for updates on the ASTEC website as the modules become available.

Details about our resource library, i-Human, IPE modules, and other tools can be found in our newly created COVID-19 RESOURCE CENTER.  This page will be updated multiple times a week, so check back frequently. 

What ASTEC is doing to support BUMC

ASTEC is operating a satellite in-situ simulation facility at Banner University Medical Center- Tucson for pulmonology and respiratory therapy training for ventilatory support.  We've donated our entire inventory of PPE to provide supplies for direct patient care and to help protect healthcare providers.  ASTEC is also providing technical and clinical input on 3-D printing applications during COVID-19 crisis.