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Being in the health care profession means caring about others. Students at the Foster School of Medicine aren’t waiting until they become doctors to put that caring into motion.
The student body of the medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso is donating $1,268 to the University Medical Center Foundation of El Paso’s COVID-19 Compassionate Care Fund.
The fund was created in partnership with the El Paso Children’s Foundation to help University Medical Center of El Paso and El Paso Children’s Hospital patients and their families, as well as health care workers, with basic and urgent needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“A few weeks ago, the class of 2023 started brainstorming ways to show appreciation for the hospital staff during the pandemic,” said Hani Michael Annabi, Medical Student Council President and member of the class of 2023. “Initially, the idea started as a food and coffee donation to the emergency department staff.”
Because of the challenges and potential safety risks associated with delivering food to the hospital, the students reconsidered their original idea.
When Annabi heard about the COVID-19 Compassionate Care Fund, he reached out to his 2023 classmates via email, Facebook and group messages to encourage donations to help health care workers, patients and families affected by the pandemic.
“I was overwhelmed by the generosity my class showed in a mere 24 hours, so I decided to email the entire Foster School of Medicine student body to ask for even more help,” said Annabi, who grew up in El Paso. “Donations ranged from $5 to $200. I was blown away with these donations, considering many students don’t have any current form of income.”
Meanwhile, their medical education continues. In the new era of social distancing, students at the Foster School of Medicine have switched to remote online learning.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has eerily illustrated the reality of our future careers in health care,” Annabi said. “We pursued a career in medicine to serve people in their most dire moments. Although we can’t physically serve on the front lines yet, we still want to positively impact those in need – patients and health care workers alike. These tumultuous times have underscored what it truly means to be a doctor.