AAMC's Group on Resident Affairs (GRA) releases plea from Puerto Rico's medical school deans


The following message was shared with GRA members today. This is an important message, please help spread the word and share with your colleagues.

"Given the unprecedented events following Hurricane Maria, our thoughts are with our colleagues--leadership, faculty, students, staff, and others--at the four LCME-accredited U.S. medical schools in Puerto Rico. The AAMC has been in contact with administrators at Ponce Health Sciences University School of Medicine, San Juan Bautista School of Medicine, Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine, and the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and remains committed to providing support to these institutions.

By all accounts, the impact of the hurricane is unparalleled and maintaining the health and safety of the residents of Puerto Rico continues to be the highest priority.

In the coming days and weeks, these deans/medical leaders will be prioritizing the short- and long-term needs of students and residents in each of their educational programs. The schools are working diligently to return their schools and GME programs to an operational level.

Critical to the deans is the status of their fourth year students as they apply to residency programs. Hurricane Maria’s devastating effect on Puerto Rico will likely cause delays in students and faculty submitting required elements (e.g., letters of recommendation, MSPE) to ERAS.

The deans of the four LCME-accredited schools in Puerto Rico have asked the AAMC to communicate with our educational community to request that residency programs take into consideration the impact of the hurricane and when considering applicants from the four schools. Material might be delayed but to consider those applicants nonetheless.

Thanks for your help."


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