Medical schools are being forced to redesign the way they offer teaching and placements on the hoof to cope with the fast-changing demands of the COVID-19 emergency.
Many 4th and 5th year undergraduate students worry that their COVID frontline placements are leaving them unprepared to deal with the routine cases they expect to see when the pandemic is brought under control.
Medscape UK has been talking to some medical students – who did not want to be named – about learning under lockdown.
One student at Queen’s Medical School, Belfast did not see a single respiratory case during a 5-week placement in paediatrics.
A final year student at St George’s Hospital said: “There is no doubt our education has been affected by COVID, both in terms of reduced placement time over the 12 months and the limited ‘range’ of conditions in hospitals at the moment. This has been particularly true