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Navigating COVID-19: Preparing medical students in a time of pandemic

N Jacob, F Cilliers, K Begg, L Green-Thompson

Abstract


The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an upheaval in health sciences education.[1] Globally, training of medical students on university campuses and clinical platforms was suspended and rapidly transitioned to online learning.[1,2] In some countries, graduation of senior medical students was expedited in order to contribute to a health workforce in crisis.[1,2] The transition to online learning has been particularly challenging in low- and middle-income countries where access to remote learning opportunities is limited for some students and further widens societal inequities.[1] The pandemic, however, also provides an opportunity to re-imagine clinical learning and develop innovative ways to strengthen the clinical training platform and health system.


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N Jacob, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa

F Cilliers, Department of Health Sciences Education, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa

K Begg, Deanery: Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa

L Green-Thompson, Deanery: Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa

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Keywords

Integrated learning; COVID-19; interdisciplinary; Health Sciences Education

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African Journal of Health Professions Education 2021;13(1):4-5.

Article History

Date submitted: 2021-01-22
Date published: 2021-01-22

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