An article from NPR discussing the sweeping changes to medical education brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and the knock-on effects this will have on healthcare delivery.


Ashlynn Torres has always been interested in public health, but it wasn't until she shadowed medical professionals that she wanted to become a doctor herself. She says it was "the power of the patient-physician relationship" that convinced her.

A few weeks ago, Torres finished her first year of medical school. It was a year that presented numerous challenges as schools attempted to adapt instruction to keep both students and patients safe during the pandemic.

Torres says witnessing the pain and suffering the coronavirus has caused solidified her choice to become a physician, but at times, she was also frustrated to be so early in her career.

"Our skill set is so limited right now and there's not a lot of hands-on things that we can actually do to improve the situation," she says.

That urge to do something hands-on only became further out-of-reach for medical students around the country as coronavirus outbreaks forced students to learn virtually.

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