Medical students in the Bay State are preparing to graduate early in order to join the fight against coronavirus.
Four schools, Tufts School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston University School of Medicine and the University of Massachusetts Medical School, have agreed to move graduation up a month, which would effectively make 700 new doctors available to hospitals and medical centers around the region.
“We will be prepared if the schools graduate early to provide 90-day provisional licenses through the Board of Registration of Medicine a one-page application,” said Marylou Sudders, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services for Massachusetts.
“Your class is clearly graduating at one of the most medically challenging times of the last century, and will shortly be an important part of our country’s response to the COVID-19 challenge,” Karen Antman, dean of the BU School of Medicine and Medical Campus provost wrote in a letter to students.
“We are proud of the physicians that you will soon be, and for the role that you will play in the care of your patients.”
Antman further stated that students would be able to choose whether to apply for licenses in their home states or remain here in Massachusetts.