Putting Our First Responders First: A Call for Health Insurance in Retirement for Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue

  • Joseph Varney American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Sint Maarten.
  • Kimberly Murry Barry University, Florida, United States.
  • Natalie Humphrey American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Sint Maarten.
Keywords: Healthcare, Reform, Firefighter

Author Biographies

Joseph Varney, American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Sint Maarten.

BS.

Second-year medical student at The American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC), who holds a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Psychology. During his time at AUC, he received multiple awards including being selected for the Tarek Award, which is given out once a semester to the top tutor who goes above and beyond for their fellow student body, and an award for Teaching Excellence in a Pandemic for his dedication to the Harvey Lab, teaching murmurs and EKG to fellow students.

Kimberly Murry, Barry University, Florida, United States.

BS.

Natalie Humphrey, American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Sint Maarten.

PhD.

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Published
2020-12-09
How to Cite
Varney, J., Murry, K., & Humphrey, N. (2020). Putting Our First Responders First: A Call for Health Insurance in Retirement for Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue. International Journal of Medical Students, 8(3), 320-321. https://doi.org/10.5195/ijms.2020.710
Section
Letter to the Editor