The whole world is fighting together to stop the pandemic COVID-19. Our heroes right now are the doctors that are working tirelessly and giving their all to cure the patients in pain. About 1,88,639 people are infected with the coronavirus, which is the highest rate in the world. It is believed that the U.S soon will face a shortage of doctors for COVID-19 and beds if the numbers go up constantly like this. To solve this problem, many of the medical schools across the U.S are considering graduating their senior medical students early so that they can volunteer at the hospitals handling coronavirus patients.

This step is important to ease the strain that is coming on the healthcare system and meet the growing demand and shortage of doctors for COVID-19. The Grossman School of Medicine at New York University requested about 122 students who are scheduled to graduate this year if they would be willing to start their internship in April at New York hospitals instead of waiting until July. A CNN report said at least 70 students agreed to volunteer and help in this difficult time. 

The report quoted Gabrielle Mayer, a 4th-year medical student who is planning to join the primary care/internal medicine program at NYU’s Bellevue Hospital, said, “Knowing that we are waiting to graduate and join the workforce, that we have the skill set that seems needed and valuable right now, it was such an easy decision to join my co-residents, co-interns,”

The school is now waiting eagerly the final approval from the State Department of Education of New York, the Middle States Higher Education Commission and the Medical Education Liaison Committee. Students would be enrolled in internal medicine programs or emergency departments in the area’s NYU-affiliated hospitals if the approval comes through.

Since New York is the epicenter of COVID-19 outbreak with 52,000 cases on its back, many schools such as The Tufts University School of Medicine, the Massachusetts University of Medicine, the Boston University School of Medicine and the Harvard Medical School are contemplating to join this initiative and allow their senior and well-fit medical student to help out in the emergency wards and camps in New York. In addition, more than 6,000 mental health practitioners have signed up to provide free mental health services online.