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Many Hospitals Canceling On-Site Training for Med Students Due to Coronavirus

Kaiser Health News

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Yet another casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic may be the clinical training that’s so essential for America’s future nurses and doctors.

As university campuses close and disease prevention efforts intensify, hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care venues in California and nationally are canceling clinical rotations for student nurses — and, in some cases, medical students. The rationale is to protect both students and patients from getting sick and to reserve personal protective equipment, including masks, that may be in short supply.

But medical educators worry the students won’t get the hours of ...