An article from the President of the American Medical Association detailing how in the current global situation the value of and need for medical school graduates has increased significantly.


Graduating from medical school in the midst of a global pandemic spurs mixed emotions, including a sense of loss as in-person ceremonies are canceled and loved ones are unable to witness the accomplishment firsthand.

But the sheer joy this accomplishment generates—and the pride that is rightfully taken in such a momentous achievement—has not changed. This year’s medical school graduates have overcome obstacles no one imagined would be placed in their path.

Right now, the nation is relying on its doctors, nurses, scientists and other health professionals to guide us through a most tumultuous time. To that list of heroes we can add our nation’s graduating medical school students, as many of them joined the health care workforce to battle COVID-19 while completing their education.

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