Medical students at the University of Massachusetts Medical School will begin practicing at the Boston marathon starting Monday.
The start of the marathon is slated for March 16.
More than 40 medical schools across the United States have already announced that they are taking medical students, including Boston University, Harvard Medical School, and Boston University School of Public Health.
Boston University has already said it is planning to open a medical residency program in 2019, and the University at Buffalo is planning a medical school.
More than 500 medical students are already registered at the medical school, said Dr. David Rabinowitz, who chairs the medical students union.
“That number will continue to grow,” he said.
Boston is one of the biggest medical centers in the country.
Its population is about 5.4 million, with more than 8.4 percent of the population in its private sector.
The city has about 1,200 doctors and other medical professionals.
About 5,600 medical students attend the medical schools, which are run by nonprofit institutions, such as Boston University.
Rabinowitz said the hospital system has not made a commitment to provide medical students at its hospitals during the marathon.
“We haven’t had any plans for that,” he told the Associated Press.
“As far as we know, we’re not going to see a commitment in the future.”
The Boston Marathon is one event on which the medical community is already preparing for the marathon and for any future events, said Mark Ostrovsky, who has spent many years working on the medical workforce.
“This is an opportunity for the medical profession to prepare,” he added.
“I think it’s important to show the world that we are not just a group of doctors and nurses.
We’re a profession that is at the forefront of medicine.”
Dr. Scott Eichner, a professor of medicine at the Columbia University Medical Center, told the AP that medical students will need to be prepared for a variety of emergencies and work-related stressors.
“You need to make sure you’re prepared for anything that’s going to happen on a daily basis,” he explained.
“A lot of people have been in the workforce for years and years and have not prepared for everything that could happen in the medical world.”
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