The Editor’s Pen

Denise Flock-Williams

A lot of change and disruption has happened since our last edition of The Pulse, which was published just three months ago. While we are still in the very early phases of all the impacts that COVID-19 has unleashed and has yet to unleash, enough time has passed to witness the extraordinary response of the students, staff, residents, fellows and faculty of the LSU School of Medicine.

In this issue, we have divided our top stories into three categories: those that explore the school’s response, those that focus on the campus-wide response, and those that highlight the other important work that still continues but is not directly related to COVID-19.

Drs. Nelson and DiCarlo have dedicated this issue to celebrate the frontline workers battling this virus by working long hours to provide the best treatments possible to their patients. They asked you to share photos and you delivered! Take a look at the photographs that came in under Dean’s Corner. Please click here to see a message from Dr. Nelson and a special 25-page photographic tribute to our frontline heroes.

I extend my gratitude, as always, to all those who make this publication possible: every story represents a contribution of someone’s valuable time to share their story. This is truly a team effort – Darlene Guillot takes a multitude of documents and transforms them into the web-based newsletter you are reading, and Dr. Judy Crabtree serves as the best assistant editor anyone could hope to have by their side. One of our MVPs is always deep behind the scenes: Todd LaGrange, IT and tech support extraordinaire. He has taken emergency calls after hours from me, and answered dozens of questions related to the technical components of a web-based newsletter. To everyone, my sincere thanks and gratitude!