“I feel like an 18-year-old boy waiting to be drafted to war,” says medical student Angela Tudisco, 24.
Medical student Angela Tudisco, 24, was only months away from becoming a qualified physician. Close to finishing her final internship in the oncology unit of a teaching hospital, she was on the verge of getting her diploma. All of a sudden, however, her plans may have been turned upside-down, as Ms. Tudisco, along with thousands of other final-year med students, is being called up to work during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Health Ministry had initially wanted to bring former doctors out of retirement to help in this “war effort,” but the idea was shot down as they would be more vulnerable to the virus. Instead, psychology residents and sixth-year medical students were called up.