Perception of Medical Students on the Effect of Covid-19 on Medical Education in Nigeria

Authors

  • Adeleke Victor Fasiku MBBS. Department of Medicine & Surgery, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, Ekiti State University, Ekiti State, Nigeria
  • Ibrahim Abdulsamad MBBS. Department of Medicine & Surgery, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi State, Nigeria
  • James Kolade Adegoke MBBS. Department of Medicine & Surgery, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Osun State, Nigeria
  • Adedeji Samson Afolabi MBBS. Department of Medicine & Surgery, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Osun State, Nigeria
  • Samson Olaniyi Adedayo MBBS. Department of Medicine & Surgery, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Osun State, Nigeria
  • Ayomide Olanipekun MBBS. Department of Medicine & Surgery, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, Ekiti State University, Ekiti State, Nigeria
  • Temitope Olumuyiwa Ojo MBChB, MPH, FMCPH, Department of Community Health, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Osun State, Nigeria https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1899-5213

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5195/ijms.2021.914

Keywords:

Medical education, Medical Student, Coronavirus, Nigeria, COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2

Abstract

Background: The lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted normal activities including undergraduate medical education in Nigeria, similar to the rest of the world. Nigeria as a low- and middle-income country had peculiar challenges in adjusting to the new norm. This study aimed to assess Nigerian medical student’s perception of the effect of COVID-19 on their learning.

Methods: A semi-structured, pre-tested online questionnaire was administered to consenting medical students from thirty-three medical schools in Nigeria. Questions assessed the effect of COVID-19 on study and wellbeing, as well as the perception of interventions from institutions and student organizations to reduce the lockdown consequence on learning. Data was analyzed using (SPSS) version 25.

Results: A total of 623 students from 33 institutions participated. All private institutions and 25% of public institutions had commenced online lectures/tutorials, 92% of students in private institutions and 21% in public institutions had attended online lectures/tutorials. Of those who did not attend institution-organized classes, 30.5% were opposed to online lectures, the main reasons stated being internet cost/availability and inefficiency. About 65% of the participants were aware of student-organized online tutorials/seminars. Eighty percent did not feel motivated to study and perceived their personal study to be less effective.

Conclusion: Nigerian medical student’s perception of the effect of COVID-19 on their medical education was largely negative. Private institutions fared better in coping with the challenges of the pandemic. Proper planning will be needed to curb the effect of COVID-19 on students’ health and wellbeing.

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Published

2021-08-25

How to Cite

Fasiku, A. V., Abdulsamad, . I., Adegoke, . J. K., Afolabi, A. S., Adedayo, S. O., Olanipekun, A., & Ojo, T. O. (2021). Perception of Medical Students on the Effect of Covid-19 on Medical Education in Nigeria. International Journal of Medical Students, 9(3), 197–201. https://doi.org/10.5195/ijms.2021.914

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