UCI med students hold community drives for crucial medical supplies while helping staff with household needs

“There isn’t a shortage yet at UCI,” said Jaspal Bassi, a first-year medical student who helped organize the drives. “But they are occurring at hospitals around the nation and we want to prevent that from happening here.” … “It’s a pretty unique challenge, because as a med student, you really want to help out as much as you can, but you are not equipped with the same knowledge and tools that our mentors and hospital staff have to work on the front lines,” Bassi said. “We are trying to help in any way we can.” Megan Osborn, a UCI Health emergency room doctor, said the supplies collected by the students could be crucial in mid- to late April, when cases of the virus are expected to peak.