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Hundreds of SUNY medical students graduate early to help hospitals

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Posted at 10:36 AM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-27 10:37:14-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — More than 200 medical school students are graduating early from SUNY medical programs, helping hardest hit hospitals.

The SUNY chancellor made the announcement citing Governor Cuomo's executive order, which was issued to help provide relief to doctors fighting COVID-19.

The 227 students who are graduating early were already scheduled to graduate after the spring semester.

“SUNY continues to play a critical role in our nation’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, and the deployment of these new doctors is one more example of how we are supporting the Governor’s call to action,” said SUNY Chancellor Johnson. “We are proud of SUNY’s newly trained doctors who are skilled and eager to care for the victims of this disease and ready to provide needed relief to the healthcare staff in some of the nation’s most heavily impacted hospitals.”

Schools graduating students early include Stony Brook University, SUNY Upstate Medical University and SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University's College of Medicine.

Nearly two dozen medical students from the Jacobs School of Medicine, at the University at Buffalo, are expected to begin working in New York City or on Long Island. They are expected to graduate on time.