Medical student’s perception of the COVID-19 pandemic effect on their education and well-being: a cross-sectional survey in the United States

Chakladar, Jaideep; Diomino, Anthony; Li, Wei T.; Tsai, Joseph C.; Krishnan, Aswini R.; Zou, Angela E.; Kharidia, Khush; Baig, Farhan A.; Householder, Sarah; Kuo, Selena Z.; Chandrasekar, Shyam; Chang, Eric Y.; Ongkeko, Weg M.

The effects of drastic curricular changes necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic on medical students’ education and wellbeing have remained largely unstudied. Out study aimed to characterize how medical students were affected by the pandemic, specifically how limitations introduced by the pandemic may have affected the quality, delivery, and experience of medical education.

Three hundred students from 5 U.S. allopathic medical schools were surveyed to determine students’ perceptions about their quality of medical education, professional development, and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic (October 2020-December 2020).

A large majority of students report that while lecture-based learning has not been significantly affected by the pandemic, small-group and clinical learning have greatly declined in quality. Students also reported higher levels of depression, anxiety, and uncertainty with regards to their futures as physicians.

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected the medical student education and wellbeing. Although medical schools have implemented measures to continue to train medical students as effectively as they can, further strategies must be devised to ensure the well-being of students in the present and for future national emergencies.

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September 22, 2023


COVID-19, Coronavirus, Pandemic, Medical education, Student wellbeing, United States