A First Year Medical Student’s Perspective on Working in ICU during the COVID-19 Pandemic


  • Erin McCabe Hull York Medical School, United Kingdom




Critical Care, COVID-19, Intensive care unit, Adult intensive care unit, Patient care, Coronavirus, Experience, Medical student


The COVID-19 pandemic has brought forth unprecedented times. Due to this, medical students of all abilities and competencies can play a meaningful part in patient’s treatment.   Throughout medical school, teaching is focussed on the overarching clinical care needed – from medication to surgery. However, there are many other aspects of care required for patient’s recovery, such as personal care. Working as a healthcare assistant brings this to the forefront, particularly in an intensive care unit, during a pandemic. This allowed me to experience a different side of medicine and patient care, something I believe all medical students should see.


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Author Biography

Erin McCabe, Hull York Medical School, United Kingdom


Erin McCabe is currently a second-year medical student at Hull York Medical School in England.


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How to Cite

McCabe, E. (2020). A First Year Medical Student’s Perspective on Working in ICU during the COVID-19 Pandemic. International Journal of Medical Students, 8(3), 299–300. https://doi.org/10.5195/ijms.2020.652