Close to 5,000 Louisiana college students are temporarily continuing their education at Texas schools due to Hurricane Katrina. But trying to get Tulane medical students back into the classroom and on clinical rotations has been a bit more difficult. While the storm ended almost a month ago, most medical students are still not in a program which is costing them time and money.
"From a student standpoint it's really very frightening because they want to stay on track. There's a lot invested in their education, they want to get into a residency program and all of a sudden their education's gone," said Kathleen Fallon, Associate Dean Student Affairs, Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine.
That's where Texas medical schools, like Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine come in. Tulane students could resume classes as early as next week. But unlike undergrads, Tulane's medical students will remain grouped with their same professors who were also forced out of New Orleans.
"They'll be coming and visiting with their students and giving rounds, maybe give a lecture that type of thing," said Fallon.
Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine is prepared to host 20 students. But as of now, administrators have no idea how long those students will be here.
"Anywhere from two months to maybe even half a year, nine months depending on when there facility can come back online," said Fallon.
Before Tulane medical students and faculty resume their program at Texas A&M and other Texas schools, details like housing and obtaining additional text books still have to be worked out.