Medical schools across the US are considering early graduation for their senior medical students to become doctors, as demand for health care providers rises due to the coronavirus pandemic.
On Tuesday, NYU became the first medical school in the country to offer this option.
“While the AAMC has not yet surveyed its member medical schools, the [Liaison Committee on Medical Education] has been working with several other schools that are considering or offering their students the option of graduating early. We are aware that nearly every school is considering early graduation as an option in our continued response to the pandemic,” said Dr. Alison Whelan, chief medical education officer for the Association of American Medical Colleges, in an email to CNN.
All four medical schools in Massachusetts -- Tufts University School of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Boston University School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School -- are in discussions to have a fast-track option, said Massachusetts HHS Secretary Marylou Sudders on Thursday.
"We've been working with the deans of the medical schools in Massachusetts to graduate students early,” she said.
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in New Jersey also sent an email to its senior medical students on Thursday gauging interest and offering early graduation.