Medical students haven’t been deterred by the stress of Covid on hospitals and staff — they are eager to help

“The pandemic has highlighted the health disparities that communities of color face and has taught me that becoming a physician is not only about saving lives. It is also about trying to improve the quality of life for our patients by addressing the factors and barriers that influence their health,” said Chika Okeke, a first-year medical student at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine.