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Brazil drafting med students to fight Covid-19 spread

To help bolster the ranks of the public health service, the Health Ministry has called upon sixth-year medical students to join the fold

Health Brazil drafting med students to fight Covid-19 spread
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“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...

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