All Fourth-Year Medical Students in Massachusetts Will Graduate Early to Help in the Coronavirus Fight


Massachusetts has requested its 4 medical colleges to permit all fourth-year medical college students to graduate early to assist in the battle towards the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’ve been working with the deans of the medical schools in Massachusetts for early graduation so that there’s a cadre of individuals who could be licensed,” Marylou Sudders, the state’s secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, stated Thursday through the governor’s day by day coronavirus briefing.

The Brief_19, Twitter account, which affords info on ongoing developments through the pandemic, launched an image of a doc despatched to Boston University School of Medicine college students. The submit reads: “EXCLUSIVE BREAKING NEWS – Massachusetts becomes the first state to ask all medical schools to graduate all 4th year students early, all deans on board.”


Massachusetts turns into the primary state to ask all medical colleges to graduate all 4th yr college students early, all deans on board.

— Transient19, your day by day roundup of SARS-nCoV-2. (@Brief_19) March 26, 2020

The doc is an e-mail despatched by Dr. Karen Antman, provost of the college’s Medical Campus and dean of its School of Medicine. In it, she addresses Sudders’ request to the state’s medical colleges: the Boston University School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, the Tufts University School of Medicine and the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

“After discussions with our universities, all four Massachusetts medical schools have agreed to graduate our 2020 class in April,” Antman writes. “The Boston University School of Medicine Student Evaluation and Promotions Committee will review each student status and determine that students have completed all of their requirements for graduation by April 10, 2020.

“We anticipate that each one college students who full their present assignments may have accomplished their necessities by April 10. We due to this fact anticipate a digital commencement date Friday, April 17, 2020,” the e-mail states.

Massachusetts is making a particular, expedited licensure course of, in response to the e-mail. “We know that you’ll have questions in regards to the licensing, and the place and for whom you would probably work, and are working rapidly with Secretary Sudders and colleagues on the different medical colleges to get extra info,” it says.

“Your class is clearly graduating at some of the medically difficult occasions of the final century, and can shortly be an vital a part of our nation’s response to the COVID-19 problem,” Antman says.

Sudders said during the press conference that as soon as students graduate, the state is “ready to offer virtually computerized 90-day licenses” to increase the workforce to health care professionals.

Massachusetts has 1,838 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, according to its Department of Health’s website, and 15 deaths from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. So far, the state has been able to test about 19,800 people.

In the United States, the total number of confirmed cases is at 79,785, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center, and 1,124 deaths.

All Fourth-Year Medical Students in Massachusetts Will Graduate Early to Help in the Coronavirus Fight
Hospital clinicians at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Massachusetts, on March 18. JOSEPH PREZIOSO/Getty