New York’s Medical Colleges See Spike In Purposes

SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – The pandemic has pushed the country’s healthcare workforce so thin that states like New York have had to bring back retired health professionals and accelerated degrees for medical students, but new data shows help is on the way.

In a surprising but very welcome twist in this pandemic saga, applications to the country’s medical schools have actually increased over the past 12 months. At Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, they are up 26 percent from 2019. However, if you ask Cassidy McGinn, the youngest graduate of SUNY Geneseo, that’s not at all surprising.

Cassidy McGinn says the pandemic didn’t stop her plans to pursue a career in medicine, she confirmed them. CREDIT CASSIDY MCGINN

“If you know anything about medical students, it’s that they’re persistent, that they’re brave,” said McGinn.

McGinn decided to apply to Upstate Medical in her senior year 2019. Then COVID-19 struck. Instead of getting the 22-year-old to reconsider her plan to pursue a career in medicine, she affirmed it.

“One thing I learned as a medical student and as a medical student: You need courage and resilience, and you have to be able to dive headfirst into the unknown, and that’s what a lot of doctors have had to do,” said McGinn. “This pandemic came quickly and it was obvious that we didn’t have the right PPE, we were understaffed in a lot of hospitals, they didn’t have a lot of resources.”

Dr. Lawrence Chin, dean of Upstate’s College of Medicine, said students across the country and those currently enrolled in Upstate see challenges like this as opportunities to embrace this opportunity inspired by those on the front lines in downtown New York and beyond who just do something that.

“I think what really lifted the imagination and the mind is really seeing the opportunity and power to be a medical professional,” said Chin. “I think they can see how quickly we were mobilized, the vaccine developed, and how quickly we were able to get accurate tests.”

This includes the COVID-19 test developed by Upstate, which the US Food and Drug Administration recently named the most accurate saliva test in the world. People like Chin say these types of breakthroughs and personalities like Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, caused the so-called “Fauci effect” in young people.

“You can never say it’s just one person – there are so many people at the federal, state and local levels, but him [Fauci] is a symbol, symbolic of the kind of example of what we’re really trying to do in academic institutions like Upstate, ”said Chin. “We follow science, we use science, we pay attention to health issues, to social issues.”

These issues include the health inequalities and inequalities that the pandemic exposed, such as how black Americans are more likely to die from COVID-19 than white Americans, even though this community makes up a smaller proportion of the country’s population. Chin said these future medical professionals want to be part of the team that will put an end to such problems.