The COVID-19 pandemic brought many unprecedented ramifications that challenged the conventions of medical education. The extremely contagious nature of the disease dictated many changes in delivering lectures in schools.
At a time of extreme grief and anguish, many medical students wrestle with a mix of frustration, anxiety, and stress. The changes were abrupt and rapid, creating large gaps in medical education, particularly in practical training.
Admission to medical schools is now more complicated with most classes shifting to online lectures. Apart from a deficiency in in-person medical training, prospective medical students must also deal with different requirements and academic curriculum.
As a response to the effects of the pandemic, many medical schools adjusted their admission timeline. While this is a more flexible option, it will also lead to slight delays in viewing admission test results.
Medical students often rely on scholarships to cover expenses in med school. However, due to changes in the timeframe, they may not be able to apply and be granted a scholarship in time.
Fortunately, many medical schools recognize the difficulty of meeting their existing criteria for admission at this time.
For example, most med schools require relevant hands-on medical experiences like hospital observation. Unfortunately, restricted person-to-person contact would make this impossible to meet. Med schools, therefore, took this to account and adjusted their admission requirements.
Changes in the Curriculum
The pandemic caused many irreparable damages to society and life, but it can also be a catalyst for change in medical education. Throughout history, traditional learning methods were the norm, but the crisis now demands groundbreaking research, pushing medical students toward transformation.
The pandemic opened discourse on the dynamic nature of medical education and knowledge. Despite making learning a more challenging feat, the pandemic also revealed the intricate relationships between healthcare systems, public health policies, and social structures.
From this, the curriculum in most med schools was redesigned to encourage medical students to address complex problems in healthcare. Foundational knowledge could also be used to understand challenges in delivering fair and equal medical care and attention.
Leadership and Communication
Students who will attend med school during the pandemic will learn theories and skills tailored to address the virus. Instructional methods were tried to adapt to the situation without compromising on the medical experience.
Strong leadership and effective communication are necessary to achieve these changes. Educational leaders implemented policies to ensure that learning can adjust through various mediums.
Communication is vital to collect data and share vital information on safety and resilience. Governments, local authorities, and school leaders have worked together to achieve this goal.
It’s difficult to say if the pandemic will ever go or will be a part of our daily lives. For now, medical students must remain steadfast to surmount present challenges.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced changes in medical education, but it’s also a catalyst for transformation. To get more insights on the impact of the pandemic on global education and medical programs, check out our stories here at MSM Unify.