PHOENIX – University of Arizona medical students who want to join the front line in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic can apply to graduate sooner.
The University of Arizona – Phoenix College of Medicine announced that it will offer eligible fourth-year students the opportunity to graduate before mid-May. Each student’s application should be reviewed by a committee next week. But, graduates could be working in a clinical setting in mid-April.
The announcement comes as the state’s coronavirus cases rose to more than 1,000 on Monday.
University Dean Guy Reed said these are “extraordinary times” and that the school “admires students who want to pursue this option.”
The generation that graduates this year is made up of around 90 students. Reed added that more than half have already met the requirements to obtain their medical degrees.
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To qualify, students must submit their request in writing and receive a letter from the director of the program they will serve.
The University of Arizona is among several medical schools, including New York University, which offers early graduation in the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic.