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Hurricanes Harvey and Irma: What the AAMC Is Doing

Hurricane Harvey hit southeastern Texas and has resulted in devastating flooding across the region.

 

The AAMC has been in contact with medical school deans and teaching hospital CEOs across Texas and Louisiana since before the storm hit to offer assistance and support, and we are standing by as these affected institutions determine their needs. The AAMC has a crisis response team meeting regularly to monitor the situation and formulate plans as needed to help affected member institutions and to put in place contingency plans for some AAMC services and programs.

 

Some MCAT® test centers in hurricane-affected areas are currently closed. The AAMC is working with individuals affected by these closures to reschedule their exams. Frequent updates are available here: www.aamc.org/mcat

 

Students, residents, faculty, and others affected by the hurricane may not have ready access to AAMC services, including our medical school application service (AMCAS®), residency application service (ERAS®), and visiting student application service (VSAS®). The AAMC is working with individual users and member institutions to ensure that they get access to the tools they need during this time.  For assistance contact 202-828-0600 or amcas@aamc.org, vsas@aamc.org or ERAS Help Desk.

 

Many medical schools and teaching hospitals across the country have reached out to offer assistance to the affected institutions. The AAMC is collecting this information and will communicate it as needed. 

 

The Department of Homeland Security is providing updates and advisories regarding travel to areas affected by the hurricane, and is suggesting that volunteers not travel to impacted areas unless requested. For your safety we urge you to take these recommendations under advisement.

 

The AAMC will continue to update our member community as additional information becomes available.

 

This is a very difficult time. We know that the rest of the academic medical community stands with us in support of our colleagues in Texas and Louisiana who are working tirelessly to ensure that patient care and student and staff safety remains a priority in the face of these extraordinary challenges. When things are at their worst, America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals are at their best.



Hurricane Irma has caused major damage to many areas of the Caribbean and Florida.


The AAMC has reached out to the deans of the four U.S. medical schools in Puerto Rico to offer assistance and support.


In the interest of constituent and staff safety--and to allow hotel staff members to prepare their families and community for the storm--AAMC postponed or cancelled three conferences that were scheduled to be held in Orlando on September 7-10. Registration fees will be fully refunded. Questions about these cancellations should be directed to the AAMC Registrar at dhollins@aamc.org.


Some MCAT® test centers in hurricane-affected areas were forced to close. The AAMC will work with individuals affected by these closures to reschedule their exams. Frequent updates are available here: www.aamc.org/mcat.



Assistance Efforts


The AAMC is making a contribution to the American Red Cross to support hurricane relief efforts.

Assistance funds have been established by some of the affected institutions in Texas:

Texas A&M University Staff Emergency Fund

Texas A&M Health Sciences Center Hurricane Harvey Relief

UTHealth Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (for college students) Harvey HELP
MD Anderson Caring Fund
Baylor College of Medicine Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

 

Last updated: September 8, 2017.