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Medical Education Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Authors
  • Sahi, Puneet Kaur1
  • Mishra, Devendra1, 2
  • Singh, Tejinder3
  • 1 Maulana Azad Medical College and Lok Nayak Hospital, New Delhi, 110 002, India , New Delhi (India)
  • 2 Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India , New Delhi (India)
  • 3 SGRD Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Amritsar, Punjab, India , Amritsar (India)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Indian Pediatrics
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
May 14, 2020
Volume
57
Issue
7
Pages
652–657
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s13312-020-1894-7
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

The coronavirus pandemic has shaken the mankind to its core. Social distancing is the most important preventive strategy for the spread of this contagion, short of a vaccine. Implementation of the same has forced many countries in to a complete lock-down. Closure of schools and universities has made education uncertain at all levels. Medical education is no exception. In this pandemic, the need for uninterrupted generation of future doctors is felt more than ever in our living memory. Continuity of medical education is thus imperative. While “Live” patient contact is an irreplaceable tenet of clinical teaching, these extraordinary times demand exceptional measures. Pedagogical innovations involving technology and simulation based teaching (Online lectures, video case vignettes, virtual simulators, webcasting, online chat-rooms) need to be brought to the forefront. Since the medical educators have been pushed inevitably to rely on technology-based learning, they should not only embrace it but also develop and evaluate its sustainability and application in preclinical and clinical setting. Meanwhile, the students, whose medical education is stuck in this pandemic time, should realize that there is no better teacher than a first-hand experience, and they are eyewitnesses to the making of history.

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