NYU Will Allow Medical Students to Graduate Early to Fight Chinese Virus

Joanna Estrada
March 27, 2020

NYU's Grossman School of Medicine announced Wednesday that it plans to allow older students to graduate early in response to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "directive to get more doctors into the health system faster", the school said in a statement.

A similar measure to have nursing students graduate early to deal with the outbreak occurred in Italy earlier this month.

The school is now awaiting final approval from the New York State Department of Education, the Middle East States Commission on Higher Education and the Medical Education Liaison Committee.

Abramson, executive vice-dean of medical school, said the university asked about 122 students who are expected to graduate this year if they would be ready to begin their internship at NY hospitals in April instead of waiting until July.

The unprecedented offer was detailed in a Tuesday email to the class of 2020 as an option if the students "voluntarily agree" to begin working immediately as paid interns at NYU Langone Health's Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine departments. "Burnout of our doctors has become a growing concern", the email said.

"We ask for your help", the email said, according to the alleged screenshot.

An internal memo sent to students at the medical school suggests that all students, regardless of their field of study, will be permitted to graduate early.

The email was first reported by emergency medicine physicians at Brief19.com. "This is consistent with a national discussion regarding the early graduation of eligible medical students so they can join the healthcare workforce prior to the typical July 1 start date".

Students who were interested in the opportunity were asked to fill out a survey by Wednesday in order to be considered, according to the alleged screenshot of the email.

More than 30,000 cases have been confirmed in NY and the majority of cases in the state are in NY.

This infographic, provided by Statista, shows the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S.as of March 25.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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