More than 200 military medical and nursing students studying at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) will graduate early to join the fight against coronavirus.
"Our curriculum has a specific focus on threats like emerging infectious diseases and disasters that our military and Public Health Service forces are likely to encounter in the course of their careers," said Dr. Richard Thomas, USU president.
Thomas decided when the national emergency was declared that these students were prepared to meet the needs of the Department of Defense and the nation "the moment they step out of our doors."
"This is exactly what they were educated and trained to do," Thomas said. "The Surgeon Generals of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Public Health Service will receive a competent cadre of healthcare professionals who can augment current resources available to them."
The cohort includes active-duty officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Public Health Service who will join the medical field physicians, family, mental health and women’s health nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and certified registered nurse anesthetists.