The Experience and Perplexities of the COVID-19 Situation in Pakistan

Authors

  • Amna Kaneez Fatima Raja Army Medical College, National University of Medical Sciences, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
  • Mohummad Hassan Raza Raja Aga Khan Medical College, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Maryam Ashfaq Army Medical College, National University of Medical Sciences, Rawalpindi, Pakistan

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5195/ijms.2021.668

Keywords:

COVID-19, Medical Education, Medical Students, Therapy, COVID-19 Testing

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has provided unprecedented times for people from all walks of life. For the medical student community it is no different. This global health emergency has presented students with circumstances that have required flexibility and constant adaptation with regard to formal medical education. This short commentary draws on personal experience and aims to elucidate the numerous challenges faced by medical students within the context of a low-middle-income country (LMIC) (Pakistan), whilst also highlighting surprising positives that have emerged from an otherwise overwhelming situation.

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Published

2021-01-08

How to Cite

Raja, A. K. F., Mohummad Hassan Raza Raja, & Maryam Ashfaq. (2021). The Experience and Perplexities of the COVID-19 Situation in Pakistan . International Journal of Medical Students, 9(2), 171–173. https://doi.org/10.5195/ijms.2021.668

Issue

Section

Experience