Lauren Rivera Pagan, Alejandro Loyola Velez, Amanda Toledo Hernandez
Mayo Clinic
Medical Students from Puerto Rico Rise to the Challenge
Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science

The challenge of surviving the first year of medical school took on unusual urgency for students at the University of Puerto Rico when Hurricane Maria struck the island in September 2017. However, under adverse conditions, many students not only survived but thrived. And they’re more driven than ever to succeed. This summer, a contingent of students passed up the opportunity to take a much needed holiday from work and study. Instead, they applied to the clinical and translational science summer research program at Mayo Clinic.

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