Medical students suspend studies to help in COVID crisis

From University World News: “The Indian government said medical students in their final year, doctors preparing for postgraduate exams and hospital interns can be deployed for COVID duties…Dr Johnrose Austin Jayalal, the national president of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), has said medical and nursing students must be engaged to help out. ‘We are at the brim of a crisis. Doctors are overstretched and many of them are affected. In the past month, 46 of our doctors have died,’ he said. Around 25,000 doctors who have also finished their postgraduate specialist training but have not yet sat their exams will be told they can skip the exam and have their advanced degrees provided they work in COVID ICUs (intensive care units) for a year, officials said.”

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