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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 35  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 67-68

The “new normal” for medical education during and post-COVID-19

Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

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Prof. Mohamed Farouk Allam
Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Abbasia 11566, Cairo
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/efh.efh_412_20

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After outbreaks in more than 110 countries, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic on the March 11, 2020, heralding unprecedented challenges in medical education. Our aim is to provide a descriptive overview of the impact of COVID-19 on medical education worldwide and to assess its future repercussions. Worldwide, medical students were removed from clerkship training. Clinical skills and practical procedure training transitioned to being online, and in some cases, postponed. Medical educators scrambled to convert the curriculum into online formats. Access to Internet, technology, and computer education posed resource allocation challenges in developing countries and further widened the disparities in medical education. Even in countries where the framework and funding were available to support the online transition, debatably, this arrangement can lead to disparities in clinical skills, bedside manner, and field experience among pre- and post-COVID-19 medical graduates. Challenges extend beyond undergraduate medical education to include the medical licensing process of international and national postgraduates. The international community of medical educators needs to collaborate to drive the future of medical education, as the world adapts to the “new normal.”

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