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Volume 13, Number 11—November 2007

Dispatch

Medical Students and Pandemic Influenza

Benjamin Herman*, Rhonda J. Rosychuk*, Tracey Bailey*, Robert Lake*, Olive Yonge*, and Thomas J. Marrie*Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: *University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada;

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Table 2

Responses from medical students about volunteering for healthcare work during an influenza pandemic

Statement No. (%) positive responses
Health sciences students should be encouraged to volunteer in the event of healthcare worker shortage 226 (63.8)
Retired healthcare workers should be encouraged to volunteer 185 (52.3)
Healthcare students have moral/ethical/professional obligation to volunteer 247 (69.8)
Government is justified in requiring people to work if there are insufficient volunteers 15 (43.8)
Healthcare students should be penalized for refusal to comply with government requirement 30 (8.5)
Healthcare academic staff should be penalized for refusal to comply with government requirement 76 (21.5)
Expulsion from school/termination from work 34 (9.6)
Jail time 11 (3.1)
Fine 128 (36.2)
Other 62 (17.5)
None of the above 154 (43.5)

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