Determinants of Pre-clerkship Medical Students’ Willingness to Work During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
Meghan M. Nahass1, Jaya Kanduri1, Parth Shukla1, Justin Oh1, Rima Patel1, Kapil Wattamwar1, Priya Patel1, Jennifer Yoon1, Clifton R. Lacy1
1Rutgers University Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Department of Medicine
The authors have no conflicts of interest of sources of funding to disclose.
Clifton R. Lacy, M.D.
Institute for Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
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Key Words: disaster medicine, pre-Clerkship medical students, role adherence, willingness to work, infectious disease outbreaks
Infectious disease outbreaks greatly impact the responsibilities of health care workers (HCWs) including physicians, pharmacists, nurses, physician assistants and students of these disciplines. A study of the 2003 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic showed that HCWs were neither aware of nor prepared for the infection, contributing to its quick spread through various HCWs, with resulting morbidity and mortality. During the SARS outbreak, 21% of all cases worldwide were among HCWs (1). Following this, a number of studies were conducted to assess the degree of preparedness of HCWs for potential infectious disease outbreaks.