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MSNBC 25 Mar 2020

Medical Students Called Into Service Early To Help In COVID Fight

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Gabrielle Mayer, an NYU medical school student who has volunteered to graduate early to join the effort to staff up New York hospitals against the surge in coronavirus cases, talks with Rachel Maddow about how she made her decision to volunteer. Aired on 3/25/20.


The largest economic relief package in U.S. history has been signed into law by President Trump on the day coronavirus cases in the country topped 100,000. Meanwhile, China says it's ready to provide support to the U.S. in the fight against the pandemic.
Trump and his team of advisors discuss the latest in the fight against COVID-19 and how his White House is attempting to fight the outbreak.
In New York, people are turning to traditional Chinese medicine to boost their immune system and help fight against COVID-19.
Dr Chaand Nagpaul explains what the public can do to stop coronavirus spreading.

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DO IN THE NORMAL PRACTICE. >> GOD BLESS THEM INDEED.
>> GOD BLESS THEM INDEED. SO STATES, COUNTRIES ARE ASKING
SO STATES, COUNTRIES ARE ASKING A LOT OF PEOPLE RIGHT NOW, TO
A LOT OF PEOPLE RIGHT NOW, TO COME FORWARD, AND VOLUNTEER AND
COME FORWARD, AND VOLUNTEER AND DO WHAT THEY CAN.
DO WHAT THEY CAN. I MENTIONED AT THE TOP OF THIS
I MENTIONED AT THE TOP OF THIS HOUR, THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN
HOUR, THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, THE USC SURGICAL
CALIFORNIA, THE USC SURGICAL RESIDENTS, WHO HAVE NOW ALL
RESIDENTS, WHO HAVE NOW ALL VOLUNTEERED TO BE TRAINED IN ICU
VOLUNTEERED TO BE TRAINED IN ICU NURSING METHODS, SO THAT THEY
NURSING METHODS, SO THAT THEY CAN HELP OUT WITH THE KINDS OF
CAN HELP OUT WITH THE KINDS OF THINGS THEY’RE GOING TO BE
THINGS THEY’RE GOING TO BE NEEDING IN ICU WARDS MORE THAN
NEEDING IN ICU WARDS MORE THAN THEIR SURGICAL NEEDS ARE GOING
THEIR SURGICAL NEEDS ARE GOING TO BE NEEDED IN THIS CRISIS.
TO BE NEEDED IN THIS CRISIS. IN NEW YORK, MEDICAL STUDENTS AT
IN NEW YORK, MEDICAL STUDENTS AT NYU JUST GOT THIS STARK REQUEST
NYU JUST GOT THIS STARK REQUEST FOR THEIR SERVICE AS WELL.
FOR THEIR SERVICE AS WELL. QUOTE, WE ASK FOR YOUR HELP.
QUOTE, WE ASK FOR YOUR HELP. THE MEDICAL SCHOOL AND THE
THE MEDICAL SCHOOL AND THE UNIVERSITY HAVE AGREED TO PERMIT
UNIVERSITY HAVE AGREED TO PERMIT EARLY GRADUATION FOR STUDENTS
EARLY GRADUATION FOR STUDENTS WHO AGREE TO BEGIN WORKING AS AN
WHO AGREE TO BEGIN WORKING AS AN INTERN NOW.
INTERN NOW. THIS IS CONSISTENT WITH THE
THIS IS CONSISTENT WITH THE NATIONAL DISCUSSION REGARDING
NATIONAL DISCUSSION REGARDING THE EARLY GRADUATION OF ELIGIBLE
THE EARLY GRADUATION OF ELIGIBLE MEDICAL STUDENTS SO THEY CAN
MEDICAL STUDENTS SO THEY CAN JOIN THE HEALTH CARE WORK FORCE
JOIN THE HEALTH CARE WORK FORCE PRIOR TO THE TYPICAL JULY 1
PRIOR TO THE TYPICAL JULY 1 STARTING DATE.
STARTING DATE. WE ARE WRITING TO ASK YOU TO
WE ARE WRITING TO ASK YOU TO CONSIDER THIS OPTION.
CONSIDER THIS OPTION. WE WILL PERMIT STUDENTS IN THE
WE WILL PERMIT STUDENTS IN THE CLASS OF 2020 TO GRADUATE EARLY,
CLASS OF 2020 TO GRADUATE EARLY, IF THEY, WITH THE GRADUATION
IF THEY, WITH THE GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS, TO VOLUNTARILY
REQUIREMENTS, TO VOLUNTARILY WORK AS AN MD IN THE EMERGENCY
WORK AS AN MD IN THE EMERGENCY MEDICINE DEPARTMENTS BEGINNING
MEDICINE DEPARTMENTS BEGINNING IN APRIL.
IN APRIL. PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU DON’T HAVE
PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE GOING INTO THE FIELDS OF
TO BE GOING INTO THE FIELDS OF INTERNAL MEDICINE OR EMERGENCY
INTERNAL MEDICINE OR EMERGENCY MEDICINE TO JOIN OUR PHYSICIANS
MEDICINE TO JOIN OUR PHYSICIANS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19.
IN THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19. >> THESE ARE MEDICAL STUDENTS AT
>> THESE ARE MEDICAL STUDENTS AT NYU, BEING ASKED TO STOP MED
NYU, BEING ASKED TO STOP MED SCHOOL NOW, IN THEIR FINAL YEAR,
SCHOOL NOW, IN THEIR FINAL YEAR, MONTHS BEFORE THEY WOULD HAVE
MONTHS BEFORE THEY WOULD HAVE GRADUATED, TO INSTEAD GRADUATE
GRADUATED, TO INSTEAD GRADUATE NOW, AND ANSWER THE CALL TO
NOW, AND ANSWER THE CALL TO SERVICE, TO COME HELP.
SERVICE, TO COME HELP. JOINING US NOW IS GABRIELLE
JOINING US NOW IS GABRIELLE MAYOR, SHE IS ONE OF THE
MAYOR, SHE IS ONE OF THE STUDENTS AT NYU’S MEDICAL
STUDENTS AT NYU’S MEDICAL SCHOOL, WHO HAS VOLUNTEERED TO
SCHOOL, WHO HAS VOLUNTEERED TO GRADUATE EARLY AND BEGIN WORKING
GRADUATE EARLY AND BEGIN WORKING AS A DOCTOR EARLY TO HELP NEW
AS A DOCTOR EARLY TO HELP NEW YORK HOSPITALS RESPOND TO THE
YORK HOSPITALS RESPOND TO THE SURGE IN CORONAVIRUS CASES.
SURGE IN CORONAVIRUS CASES. GABI, GOOD TO HAVE YOU HERE.
GABI, GOOD TO HAVE YOU HERE. THANKS FOR YOUR TIME TONIGHT.
THANKS FOR YOUR TIME TONIGHT. >> MY PLEASURE TO BE HERE.
>> MY PLEASURE TO BE HERE. >> SO TELL US HOW THIS CAME
>> SO TELL US HOW THIS CAME TOGETHER.
TOGETHER. IT’S MY SENSE THAT THIS EFFORT
IT’S MY SENSE THAT THIS EFFORT TO RELEASE FOURTH YEAR NYU MED
TO RELEASE FOURTH YEAR NYU MED SCHOOL STUDENTS GOT UNDER WAY
SCHOOL STUDENTS GOT UNDER WAY ALL PRETTY QUICKLY.
ALL PRETTY QUICKLY. IT WAS A SURPRISE WHEN IT
IT WAS A SURPRISE WHEN IT HAPPENED?
HAPPENED? >> YES, AND NO.
>> YES, AND NO. WE’VE HEARD OF THINGS LIKE THIS
WE’VE HEARD OF THINGS LIKE THIS BEING DONE IN OTHER COUNTRIES,
BEING DONE IN OTHER COUNTRIES, OR AT LEAST BEING ENTERTAINED IN
OR AT LEAST BEING ENTERTAINED IN OTHER COUNTRY, AND UNDERSTANDING
OTHER COUNTRY, AND UNDERSTANDING THE INCREASING SEVERITY OF THE
THE INCREASING SEVERITY OF THE PANDEMIC ON NEW YORK CITY’S
PANDEMIC ON NEW YORK CITY’S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, I THINK IT
HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, I THINK IT WAS SOMETHING THAT HAD CROSSED A
WAS SOMETHING THAT HAD CROSSED A LOT OF PEOPLE’S MINES.
LOT OF PEOPLE’S MINES. WE HAD ALSO HEARD SOME PUBLIC
WE HAD ALSO HEARD SOME PUBLIC TELL FROM GOVERNOR CUOMO’S
TELL FROM GOVERNOR CUOMO’S OFFICE AND MAYOR DEBLASIO’S
OFFICE AND MAYOR DEBLASIO’S OFFICE THAT THEY WERE
OFFICE THAT THEY WERE CONSIDERING SPEAKING TO MEDICAL
CONSIDERING SPEAKING TO MEDICAL SCHOOLS ABOUT.
SCHOOLS ABOUT. WE DID NOT KNOW ANYTHING UNTIL
WE DID NOT KNOW ANYTHING UNTIL YESTERDAY EVENING WHEN WE
YESTERDAY EVENING WHEN WE RECEIVED THE EMAIL YOU READ
RECEIVED THE EMAIL YOU READ ALLOWED ON AIR.
ALLOWED ON AIR. >> TELL US ABOUT THE DECISION
>> TELL US ABOUT THE DECISION WHETHER OR NOT TO SAY YES FOR
WHETHER OR NOT TO SAY YES FOR THIS REQUEST TO HELP.
THIS REQUEST TO HELP. WHAT YOU ARE WEIGHING?
WHAT YOU ARE WEIGHING? HOW HARD OF A DECISION IS THIS?
HOW HARD OF A DECISION IS THIS? AND DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY OF YOUR
AND DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY OF YOUR FELLOW STUDENTS HAVE SAID YES?
FELLOW STUDENTS HAVE SAID YES? >> SO I DO KNOW, THE NUMBER
>> SO I DO KNOW, THE NUMBER SEEMS TO BE RIGHT NOW, IT MIGHT
SEEMS TO BE RIGHT NOW, IT MIGHT CHANGE, AROUND 69, OF SOMEWHERE
CHANGE, AROUND 69, OF SOMEWHERE AROUND 120 OF US, HAVE AGREED
AROUND 120 OF US, HAVE AGREED VOLUNTARILY TO ENTER THE
VOLUNTARILY TO ENTER THE HOSPITAL AS THE INTERNS, IN A
HOSPITAL AS THE INTERNS, IN A MATTER OF WEEKS.
MATTER OF WEEKS. AS FAR AS THE DECISION MAKING
AS FAR AS THE DECISION MAKING PROCESS -- GO AHEAD.
PROCESS -- GO AHEAD. >> PLEASE, GO AHEAD, I’M SORRY.
>> PLEASE, GO AHEAD, I’M SORRY. YOU HAVE THE FLOOR.
YOU HAVE THE FLOOR. >> AS FAR AS THE DECISION-MAKING
>> AS FAR AS THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS, IT WAS BOTH AN EASY AND
PROCESS, IT WAS BOTH AN EASY AND I THINK AT TIMES A CHALLENGING
I THINK AT TIMES A CHALLENGING ONE.
ONE. I THINK THINGS THAT GO INTO IT
I THINK THINGS THAT GO INTO IT THAT ARE MORE FIXRD MY SKILL
THAT ARE MORE FIXRD MY SKILL SET, DO I HAVE A SKILL SET THAT
SET, DO I HAVE A SKILL SET THAT FEELS USEFUL AND HELPFUL IN THE
FEELS USEFUL AND HELPFUL IN THE HOSPITAL.
HOSPITAL. I THINK AT THIS POINT, I
I THINK AT THIS POINT, I FINISHED ALL CLINICAL ROTATIONS,
FINISHED ALL CLINICAL ROTATIONS, AND HAD A BLOCK OF FREE TIME,
AND HAD A BLOCK OF FREE TIME, LEADING UP TO GRADUATION, AND SO
LEADING UP TO GRADUATION, AND SO I DID FEEL AND STILL FEEL VERY
I DID FEEL AND STILL FEEL VERY CONFIDENT THAT I HAVE A SKILL
CONFIDENT THAT I HAVE A SKILL SET THAT IS GOING TO BE USEFUL
SET THAT IS GOING TO BE USEFUL FOR PATIENT CARE, ACTING AS AN
FOR PATIENT CARE, ACTING AS AN INTERN ON THE FLOOR.
INTERN ON THE FLOOR. OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER, ARE
OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER, ARE THE NEED FOR THE HEALTH CARE
THE NEED FOR THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.
SYSTEM. AND I THINK THAT’S BEEN THE
AND I THINK THAT’S BEEN THE BIGGEST MOTIVATOR.
BIGGEST MOTIVATOR. I’M SOMEONE WHO IS INTERESTED IN
I’M SOMEONE WHO IS INTERESTED IN HELPING PEOPLE, AND HELPING
HELPING PEOPLE, AND HELPING PATIENTS AS WELL AS THE HEALTH
PATIENTS AS WELL AS THE HEALTH CARE OFFICIALS FIGHTING COVID-19
CARE OFFICIALS FIGHTING COVID-19 AND THAT MADE THIS CHOICE A LOT
AND THAT MADE THIS CHOICE A LOT MORE STRAIGHTFORWARD FOR ME.
MORE STRAIGHTFORWARD FOR ME. >> YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE
>> YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE REPORTS THAT WE’VE ALREADY GOT
REPORTS THAT WE’VE ALREADY GOT FROM ALL OVER NEW YORK, FROM
FROM ALL OVER NEW YORK, FROM RICH HOSPITALS AND LESS RICH
RICH HOSPITALS AND LESS RICH HOSPITAL, FROM HARD HIT
HOSPITAL, FROM HARD HIT HOSPITALS, AND HOSPITALS THAT
HOSPITALS, AND HOSPITALS THAT HAVEN’T YET GOT THERE, THAT THE
HAVEN’T YET GOT THERE, THAT THE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT FOR HEALTH CARE WORKERS, FOR
FOR HEALTH CARE WORKERS, FOR DOCTORS AND NURSES AND OTHER
DOCTORS AND NURSES AND OTHER PEOPLE WORKING DIRECTLY WITH
PEOPLE WORKING DIRECTLY WITH PATIENTS ISN’T SUFFICIENT TO
PATIENTS ISN’T SUFFICIENT TO PROTECT YOU GUYS PROPERLY FROM
PROTECT YOU GUYS PROPERLY FROM THE PATIENTS WHO YOU’RE, THE
THE PATIENTS WHO YOU’RE, THE INFECTIOUS PATIENTS YOU’RE GOING
INFECTIOUS PATIENTS YOU’RE GOING TO BE IN CONTACT WITH?
TO BE IN CONTACT WITH? >> ABSOLUTELY.
>> ABSOLUTELY. I THINK I’VE BEEN ON THE GROUND
I THINK I’VE BEEN ON THE GROUND DOING SOME GRASS ROOTS PPE
DOING SOME GRASS ROOTS PPE SOURCING EFFORTS, ALONGSIDE
SOURCING EFFORTS, ALONGSIDE MEDICAL STUDENTS ACROSS NEW YORK
MEDICAL STUDENTS ACROSS NEW YORK CITY INSTITUTIONS, AND SO IT’S
CITY INSTITUTIONS, AND SO IT’S CERTAINLY BEEN ON MY MIND FOR
CERTAINLY BEEN ON MY MIND FOR THE PAST WEEK OR SO.
THE PAST WEEK OR SO. I THINK THAT HEARING THE
I THINK THAT HEARING THE RESPONSE FROM THE HOSPITAL, I
RESPONSE FROM THE HOSPITAL, I KNOW THAT THEY ARE ACTIVELY
KNOW THAT THEY ARE ACTIVELY SOURCING PPE BOTH FOR US,
SOURCING PPE BOTH FOR US, SPECIFICALLY, WAS MENTIONED IN
SPECIFICALLY, WAS MENTIONED IN ONE OF THEIR EMAILS TO US, THAT
ONE OF THEIR EMAILS TO US, THAT THIS IS SOMETHING THAT THEY’RE
THIS IS SOMETHING THAT THEY’RE PUTTING CONCERTED EFFORT TOWARD
PUTTING CONCERTED EFFORT TOWARD IS, MAKING SURE WE ALL HAVE PPE,
IS, MAKING SURE WE ALL HAVE PPE, BUT TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY CATCH
BUT TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY CATCH UP WITH THE INCREASED NEED IN
UP WITH THE INCREASED NEED IN ALL OF THE HOSPITALS AND THEY
ALL OF THE HOSPITALS AND THEY ALREADY INSTITUTED SEVERAL
ALREADY INSTITUTED SEVERAL POLICIES TO ELIMINATE EXCESS
POLICIES TO ELIMINATE EXCESS USAGE AND THERE IS A CONCERN BUT
USAGE AND THERE IS A CONCERN BUT THERE IS A LOT OF RESPONSIVENESS
THERE IS A LOT OF RESPONSIVENESS FROM THE HOSPITAL SYSTEMS
FROM THE HOSPITAL SYSTEMS THEMSELVES TO FIGURE OUT A WAY

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