Experiences of a London Medical Student in the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Alin-Ioan Suseanu King’s College London, UK
Keywords: COVID-19, Online Education, London, United Kingdom, Lockdown, Pandemic, Student

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life as we know it. As a senior medical student in London, I offer my perspective on how the virus has affected my education and the potential impact on the education of future medical students. I cover topics including videoconferencing replacing clinical placements, the disadvantages of online learning and an unprecedent shift to online, open book examinations.

Author Biography

Alin-Ioan Suseanu, King’s College London, UK

4th-year Medical Student

References

World Health Oorganization (WHO). WHO announces COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. 2020.. Available from: http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/health-emergencies/coronavirus-covid-19/news/news/2020/3/who-announces-covid-19-outbreak-a-pandemic. Last update 20 March 2020, cited 20 May 2020

BBC News. UK coronavirus-related deaths rise to 10. London; 2020. Available from: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51845861. Last update 12 March 2020, cited 20 May 2020.

Bonilla-Escobar FJ. Leadership and Health: The Scientific Journal’s Mission of Spreading Science in Times of Pandemic. Int J Med Students. 2020 Jan-Apr;8(1):9-10.

Liu B. Being an American 2nd Year Medical Student in the COVID-19 Pandemic. Int J Med Students. 2020 Jan-Apr;8(1):77-78.

Nguyen Tran Minh D, Pham Huy T, Nguyen Hoang D, Quach Thieu M. COVID-19: Experience from Vietnam Medical Students. Int J Med Students. 2020 Jan-Apr;8(1):62-63.

Pacheco Carrillo A. The Utility of Online Resources in Times of COVID-19: A Mexican Medical Student Point of View. Int J Med Students. 2020 Jan-Apr;8(1):58-59.

NHS England. Redeploying your secondary care medical workforce safely. England.nhs.uk. London; 2020 Available from: https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/publication/redeploying-your-secondary-care-medical-workforce-safely/. Last update 26 March 2020, cited 20 May 2020.

Tapper J, Batty D, Savage M. Medical students take final exams online for first time, despite student concern. the Guardian. London; 2020. Available from: https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/mar/22/coronavirus-forces-medical-students-sit-final-exams-online. Last update 22 March 2020, cited 20 May 2020.

Medical Schools Council. Updated guidance on medical student volunteers in the NHS. Medschools.ac.uk. London; 2020. Available from: https://www.medschools.ac.uk/news/updated-guidance-on-medical-student-volunteers-in-the-nhs. Last update 02 April 2020, cited 20 May 2020.

Holt, L. NHS Nightingale North West: A Medical Student on the Front Lines. Int J Med Students. 2020; forthcoming.

BBC News. Mystery pneumonia virus probed in China. London; 2020. Available from: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-50984025. Last update 03 January 2020, cited 20 May 2020

Bill Gates. The next outbreak? We're not ready. TED Talk. Vancouver; 2015. Available from: https://www.ted.com/talks/bill_gates_the_next_outbreak_we_re_not_ready/transcript?language=en. Last update March 2015, cited 20 May 2020.

Published
2020-07-10
How to Cite
Suseanu, A.-I. (2020). Experiences of a London Medical Student in the COVID-19 Pandemic. International Journal of Medical Students, 8(2), 183-185. https://doi.org/10.5195/ijms.2020.576
Section
Experience