Dear Medical Student,

You are being asked to participate in a research study. The purpose of this study is to investigate how medical students were impacted by Hurricane Sandy and how their involvement in disaster relief efforts affected their emotional response to this event. You qualify for this study because you are a student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS).

In this study, you are being asked to complete a 10-minute survey that explores whether you were directly affected by the disaster; what, if any, role you were able to play in relief efforts; and your sense of confidence and emotional well-being in the face of these events. You are being asked only to complete the survey. No other time or effort will be required of you. All ISMMS medical students are being asked to participate in this study. We expect that 300 people will take part in this research study.

It will not cost you anything to participate in this study. Nor will you be reimbursed for your participation.

There is a possibility that, in completing the survey, you may become upset and/or have a strong emotional reaction to the topic of the Hurricane Sandy. The benefit of participating in this study will be that you will be contributing to our knowledge of how medical students react to and become involved in disasters and disaster response. Your alternative to participating in this study is not to participate.

Your identity as a participant in this research will be kept anonymous.

If you believe you have suffered an injury related to this research as a participant in this study, you should contact Dr. Craig Katz at (212) 241-8462.

Participation in this study is voluntary. Deciding not to be in the research study, now or later, will not affect your ability to receive medical care at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

If you have any questions at any time about this research, please contact Dr. Craig Katz at (212) 241-8462. You can also call the Program for the Protection of Human Subjects Office at (212) 824-8200. Thank you for your participation.

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