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If you're increasingly tired of "hopping on another call," "sending a Zoom invite," or "unmuting yourself," Dr. Aakash Desai and Dr. Ariela Marshall offer tips and empathy for managing videoconference fatigue in the new year.
Despite the virtual nature of the AMA House of Delegates meeting, the decisions made there have a very real impact on our profession and the patients we serve.
When a couple sought my advice on reconnecting after one partner's breast cancer treatment, I prescribed a regimen of practical, step-by-step sensate focus exercises.
"On top of an overwhelmingly difficult year, and after many months, we still face many challenges as it looks like we are hitting a new critical point as the reported COVID-19 admissions are surging," writes Dr. Dawood Findakly.
Every day in clinic, Dr. Narjust Duma is reminded of the importance of sexual health in cancer care. 
We owe it to this vulnerable population to check our assumptions and deliver the highest-quality cancer care in a safe and welcoming environment.
As 2020 begins to wind down, members reflect on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as how they intend move care forward into the new year. 
"This pandemic really threw a wrench at an already delicate work/life situation that now looks a lot like a house of cards," write Dr. Richa Dawar and Dr. Estelamari Rodriguez.
Advocate, survivor, and caregiver: my friend Anne Marie describes the intricate challenges of those shifting roles, especially in the pandemic, and the critical importance of clear and sensitive communication.
In Lebanon, as elsewhere, we are concerned that many patients are avoiding clinic and hospital visits for fear of catching coronavirus. We therefore decided to focus our October 2020 awareness campaign on breast self-examination at home.
I wasn’t sure what the patient's response would be to my suggestion for mourning after prostate cancer treatment, but I thought it was worth talking about.
Dr. Carolyn B. Hendricks was an early adopter of telemedicine and is confident that it has benefitted her patients, but there are three things that she misses during televisits.
"I always work hard to help my patients live as long as possible, but now I have the added goal of helping them live to see a post-pandemic world," writes Dr. Suneel D. Kamath. 
A patient thought prostate cancer surgery meant he would never have to think about cancer again, but he had not been adequately prepared for the long-term impact of his treatment choice.
My colleague and friend Ginny Mason and I discuss advocacy, "beating the odds," and her perspective 26 years out from an initial diagnosis of inflammatory breast cancer.
"The post-COVID world of medicine is a place of nuance at the new, tech-driven intersection of love and science," writes Dr. Douglas B. Flora of the virtual house call.
My own recent hospitalization led me to reflect on the profound and essential role that nurses have had on my life. They have left an indelible imprint on my subconscious, and inspired the following poem.
"The COVID-19 pandemic’s impact is immediate for people who suffered from infection, but there is also an indirect impact on people who had to defer diagnosis and treatment plans, and the consequences of these delays will likely last for years," Dr. Dawood Findakly writes.

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