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UArizona Medical Students Graduate Early to Fight Coronavirus Pandemic

Bridget Ralston, MD, an early graduate from the Class of 2020 at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, was interviewed by AZ Family about her decision to graduate early. 

“Sunday night, I was still a medical student,” Dr. Ralston said. “Monday morning, I was a doctor — and it's absolutely not the way I pictured that happening. But I'm so grateful for the education that I had, and I'm grateful that our school is allowing us to graduate early, so that we can be part of the fight against the pandemic.”

Dr. Ralston has started work for the COVID-19 hotline, where she answers questions from the public and health care professionals about symptoms and procedures for dealing with the coronavirus. AZ Family also interviewed Maureen Roland, the managing director of Banner Poison and Drug Information Center in Phoenix, about how early graduates are making a difference by answering these calls. 

About the College

Founded in 2007, the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix inspires and trains exemplary physicians, scientists and leaders to optimize health and health care in Arizona and beyond. By cultivating collaborative research locally and globally, the college accelerates discovery in a number of critical areas — including cancer, stroke, traumatic brain injury and cardiovascular disease. Championed as a student-centric campus, the college has graduated 593 physicians, all of whom received exceptional training from nine clinical partners and more than 2,400 diverse faculty members. As the anchor to the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, which is projected to have an economic impact of $3.1 billion by 2025, the college prides itself on engaging with the community, fostering education, inclusion, access and advocacy.