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Applications to Internal Medicine Programs Up during Pandemic

The pandemic has disrupted traditional medical education — from upending trainee schedules to requiring students and educators to provide COVID-19 vaccinations and patient care.

But a research letter in the journal JAMA Network Open says it's also brought an uptick in internal medicine residency and fellowship applications.

Cheryl O'Malley, MD, associate dean of Graduate Medical Education and a professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, spoke with KJZZ 91.5 about the trend.

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