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COVID Era: Rethinking Postgraduate Education

Chandni Sinha, Amarjeet Kumar, Ajeet Kumar, Poonam Kumari, Veena Singh

Keywords : COVID-19, Medical education, Postgraduates

Citation Information : Sinha C, Kumar A, Kumar A, Kumari P, Singh V. COVID Era: Rethinking Postgraduate Education. J Postgrad Med Edu Res 2022; 56 (3):134-135.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10028-1581

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-10-2022

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2022; The Author(s).


Abstract

With the number of patients suffering from COVID-19 increasing all over our country, many teaching hospitals are getting converted to dedicated COVID hospitals. This would mean admission of only COVID- proven/suspect patients with suspension of elective surgeries, preanesthetic clinics, chronic pain, and palliative clinics. Newly joined junior residents are being harnessed to meet the ever-increasing demand in critical care setups. This is a difficult situation as they not only have to provide optimum care to patients, but also work in stressful real-life scenarios. In 2003, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak in Hong Kong affected healthcare workers, and 17 medical students got infected. This led to the closure of the university. During this period, there was growth of technology-based learning as a continuum to clinical teaching. The various modalities used were webcasting, videotaped vignettes, audio recordings, problem-based learning tutorials on online chat rooms, and mannequin simulators. Though all these modalities sound impressive, implementing all these requires time, adequate resources, and planning. Implementing all these might not be feasible in the present scenario, but this pandemic has taught us one important lesson. It is time that the institutions and government develop and establish customized technology-based learning and assessment for the postgraduate students, in view of any future pandemics.


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