Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Hurricane Ike's Impact on Houston and Midwestern Educational Facilities

On September 17, 2008, the Chronicle of Higher Education published a couple of interesting articles about the impact of Hurricane Ike on educational institutions in Houston and throughout the Midwest.

Regarding Houston impacts, the article explains that:

Campus officials say it could be a month or more before the hospital resumes regular operations and is able to bring all of its students and residents back. In the meantime, administrators are working on temporary placements for 557 medical residents and about 2,400 medical, nursing, allied-health, and graduate students. The hospital has about 12,000 employees, 8,000 of whom work in Galveston.


Department heads are working on finding temporary placements where medical residents and clinical students can practice for at least a month. Even if the hospital reopens sooner, it won't have the patient base those doctors-in-training need. A resident in general surgery, for instance, has to perform a certain number of gallbladder operations, and a resident in ophthalmology needs to operate on a certain number of cataracts.

For the entire article about Houston impacts, see "Damaged Medical School in Galveston Looks for Places for Its Students" in the September 17, 2008, issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education. 

Regarding Midwest impacts, the article explains:

Nearly 1.5 million households in those three states were still without power, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.  Other states struggling to recover from Ike-related damage included Arkansas, New York, and Pennsylvania. The governors of Illinois, Kentucky, and Ohio declared states of emergency this week.

For the entire article about Midwest impacts, see "Midwest Colleges Struggle to Bounce Back From Hurricane's Fury" in the September 17, 2008, issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education.


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