This fund was created to support medical students in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Medical schools in Puerto Rico are American medical schools. Puerto Rican medical students are Latino medical students training in the U.S. Our colleagues in Puerto Rico have suffered damages to their homes, community hospitals, and medical school institutions. Schooling carries on in the wake of the crisis, and students are working hard to move forward academically without essential resources such as stable electricity and internet. All the while they have been on the front lines of the disaster response helping their communities.
As we think about the short term and long-term impact of this tragedy on the already growing health crisis of Puerto Rico, we recognize that LMSA, and all medical institutions on the US mainland, have a responsibility to support our fellow medical students currently training in Puerto Rico. As student stories and testimonials reach LMSA, we will continue to develop and expand our efforts through increasing grants awarded, fundraising, and advocacy.
THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR DONORS!!
The LMSA for Puerto Rico Fund was able to raise over $20,000 to fund emergency relief mini-grants that went to supporting 27 medical students in Puerto Rico that needed help meeting basic needs such as food, water, transportation, and other emergency supplies. These funds provided students with support at a critical and desperate time. THANK YOU!
We have been able to advocate for discounts and extensions from board exam test preparation companies such as UWorld, Pathoma, Picmonic, and Kaplan to support students in Puerto Rico with their studies even as disruptions in electricity and internet continue.
We are also advocating for flexibility from residency programs in the wake of disruptions in communication, transportation, and other challenges due to the hurricane.
For more information please contact the LMSA for PR Emergency Task Force at PRTASKFORCE@LMSA.NET