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May 2018

Medical Students in Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco
  • 2Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston Massachusetts
  • 3University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson
JAMA Intern Med. 2018;178(5):603-604. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.0633

“Parts of my zinc roof were torn from my studio and there was mass flooding…. There’s still no power [or] internet. I have been staying with friends on a couch and living off of a suitcase as pretty much everything else I own is ruined… It’s hard to not be able to get a good night sleep [or] have a safe haven to study...”

Second-year medical student in Puerto Rico

“It is extremely difficult to upload an electronic residency application at 3 am, with your phone as a hotspot and almost no signal…imagine trying to schedule interviews when you receive the email 3 days after everyone else…we are in a position of disadvantage.”

Fourth-year medical student in Puerto Rico
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