New York’s medical students set to graduate this spring can start practicing medicine now to help with the state’s health care forces, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday.
“This pandemic has been stressing our nation on every level and we are doing everything in our power to prepare for the fight that will come at the apex,” he said, referring to the predicted high point of incoming cases of the disease before things start to improve.
Students who choose to graduate early are usually assigned to work in a special service within the institution. Graduates from Columbia and Weill Cornell will be deployed to NewYork-Presbyterian, a nonprofit academic hospital in New York City associated with the two schools. NYU Grossman students will be working at NYU Langone as paid interns. Students at the Icahn School of Medicine are also given the opportunity to work at Mount Sinai.
As of Sunday, New York’s health department had reported 18,659 additional cases of the CCP virus, bringing the statewide total to 122,031 confirmed cases.