Mercer University School of Medicine third-year M.D. students Marissa D’Souza, Kunal Patel, Payton Prins and Catherine Waldron recently developed the MUSM COVID-19 Student Response Team to organize student efforts to help combat the new coronavirus.
The Association of American Medical Colleges recommended on March 17 that institutions temporarily suspend medical students’ participation in any activities that involve patient contact due to shortages in personal protective equipment and other concerns.
“Once we found out we couldn’t be in the hospital, everyone wanted to help but didn’t know how to be involved,” said Prins.
“We still felt we had an obligation to the medical community to help,” added D’Souza. “The people on the front lines are our mentors and colleagues. It’s more than just a professional calling; it’s personal.”