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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 132-134

Facilitating learning among medical students amid the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic


1 Department of Community Medicine, Medical Education Unit Coordinator and Member of the Institute Research Council, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India

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Saurabh RamBihariLal Shrivastava
Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) – Deemed to be University, Tiruporur - Guduvancherry Main Road, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District - 603108, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/am.am_133_20

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The ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has accounted for significant implications on all the public health institutions, and the same stands true for medical colleges. An extensive search of all materials related to the topic was carried out in the PubMed search engine, and a total of 12 articles were selected based on the suitability with the current review objectives. Owing to the fact that the disease spreads predominantly by close contact and airborne mode, it was decided to close the medical colleges for students. Although such immediate actions prevented any major outbreak among medical students, owing to the uncertainty about how the pandemic will unfold, the pandemic accounted for a major impact on the effective delivery of medical education. The initiation of online mode of teaching–learning was not easy for all the medical colleges, and there were lots of issues pertaining to the resource constraints and the administrative support. In conclusion, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the delivery of medical education to a remarkable extent. Although there have been challenges to deal with, then there have been multiple opportunities as well to ensure that the teaching continues and the students remain engaged.


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