How COVID-19 is Changing Medical Education – For Good

August 20, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

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Last modified August 21, 2020

With COVID-19 showing no signs of letting up soon, leaders at medical schools are adapting their plans for education in the fall to meet the new demands of the pandemic. As stated in this article by Fierce Healthcare, this means going digital in an unprecedented way—both in terms of classes and in terms of the type of clinical care students are learning about. 

“It’s the new normal, and we’re going to need to tailor our medical education curriculum and other health professions’ education curricula to train our students for that new normal,” Stephen Spann, M.D., founding dean of the College of Medicine and vice president for medical affairs at the University of Houston said. 

David Muller, M.D., dean of medical education at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, told Fierce Healthcare that Mount Sinai students have continued to conduct clinical education in-person for its third and fourth year students, as there are few viable alternatives. And, he said, these students must realize that COVID-19 will be something they need to prepare for as physicians themselves. 

“COVID is here to stay,” Muller said. “Even once we’re all miraculously vaccinated, this is going to become part of their clinical practice.” 

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