Pandemic Causes a Spike in Medical School Applications

Pandemic Causes a Spike in Medical School Applications

Enrollment is up 40% at University at Buffalo, 26.2% at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Experts attribute that to ‘Fauci Effect’ By Payne Horning Cassidy McGinn from Tully graduated from SUNY Geneseo and decided to pursue a career as a medical doctor. “I think in a time when the medical community has been so challenged, I think it reaffirmed my decision to apply to medical school and the same thing goes for a lot of other premedical students.” Cassidy McGinn, a 22-year-old from Tully, has always considered pursuing a career in medicine, but it was never a guarantee. Even though her major at SUNY Geneseo was chemistry, McGinn was also interested in other professions. She even considered going to law school. It wasn’t until her senior year at SUNY Geneseo, in the fall of 2019, that McGinn finally settled on medical school. She applied for admission to SUNY Upstate Medical University and was accepted. It was at this moment, after McGinn had finally found her footing in the world, when the world itself shifted underneath her. COVID-19 struck. “This pandemic came quickly to the United States and it was evident that we didn’t have the proper PPE, we were understaffed in

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