An accomplished professional in the healthcare industry, Peter “Pete” Killcommons has served as CEO of Medweb since 1992 and oversees its medical and philanthropic divisions. Throughout his career, Peter Killcommons has also been a member of the American Medical Association (AMA), which has announced guidelines for protecting medical students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to AMA guidelines, students need to engage in direct care with patients during the pandemic through thoughtful planning and reasonable accommodations. Alongside thorough and ongoing COVID-19 testing protocols, the organization also asks that students receive proper personal protective equipment training and oversight. Furthermore, the guidelines suggest that medical facilities provide additional support for students, as they also face the added uncertainty of their education during the pandemic.
Outside of patient care, the guidelines cover topics related to assessing and training medical students and how these can be adapted in the current climate. The full guidelines are available at https://www.ama-assn.org.
Drawing on almost 30 years of experience as the CEO of Medweb, Dr. Peter Killcommons runs a range of divisions, including radiology, and telemedicine. In addition, Dr. Peter Killcommons is involved in several philanthropic pursuits and is a supporter of the American Medical Association (AMA).
The organization has welcomed actors who portrayed medical professionals on-screen as they saluted over 30,000 students set to graduate this Spring. Dubbed the ‘AMA Tribute to the Medical School Class of 2020,’ the virtual event took place on May 20 and featured cast members from the television program Scrubs, among others.
Other participants during the event included U.S. surgeon general Jerome M. Adams, MD, and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Anthony S. Fauci, MD.
The event was also led by the actor and comedian Brian Unger and was live-streamed on the AMA’s YouTube and Facebook pages. AMA President Patrice A. Harris, M.D., stated that the students are graduating into a medical field with unforeseen challenges, making it vital to celebrate their commitment to the profession.
Prior to becoming the CEO of MedWeb in San Francisco, California, Peter Killcommons attended City College of New York where he earned a bachelor of science in medicine. Peter Killcommons also attended New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York where he earned his doctorate in medicine.
Founded in 1860, New York Medical College is made up of three schools, which are housed on one campus. These schools include the following: The School of Health Sciences and Practice, The Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences, and The School of Medicine. The medical college is responsible for training students from around the world in delivering compassionate and skilled medical care.
The medical education program for undergraduates at New York Medical College features theoretical knowledge, while also providing practical skills training to offer a more comprehensive learning environment for those who want to practice medicine. First and second year students receive a portion of their training in community-based, primary care settings to get the feel of a real medical environment.