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Opinion: Excluding med students and letting trainees opt out of Covid-19 care is bad for medicine

The benefits to medical students, interns, and residents of participating in the serious work of fighting Covid-19 far outweigh the risks they might have from caring for these patients.
Medical student Miranda Stiewig (center) takes a man's temperature while screening for possible coronavirus cases at a makeshift camp for the homeless in Las Vegas. Source: John Locher/AP

The devastating coronavirus pandemic is highlighting the dedication and courage of health care communities in the United States and around the world. Many aspects of the pandemic worry me, especially one related to the education of medical students and medical staffing in the U.S.

Last month, the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education decided to essentially removing all medical

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