Leadership during COVID-19 as an emergency medicine doctor | Dr Virginia Newcombe

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    Dr Virginia Newcombe is a Health Foundation and Academy of Medical Sciences Clinician Scientist Fellow. She works as a Consultant in Critical Care and Emergency Medicine at the University of Cambridge. Here, she talks to the Academy about dealing with uncertainty as a clinical leader, the difficulties of communicating while wearing PPE, and the importance of staying calm in a crisis.

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