Event Title

The Effect of COVID-19 on Medical Students’ Fields of Interest

Advisor(s)

Dr. Jeffrey Paul Faragher; University of Washington

Discipline

Medical and Health Sciences

Start Date

21-4-2021 10:45 AM

End Date

21-4-2021 11:05 AM

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has had one of the greatest effects on educational institutions in recent history. With Classes becoming virtual and many activities not being possible because of CDC guidelines and social distancing, it is obvious that this pandemic has greatly changed students’ learning. One type of education has experienced some of the largest changes, Medical Education, as it is so heavily based on hands-on teaching methods and collaboration with others. Medical students have had to face major issues in their pursuit to become medical specialists, but how have these issues affected what kind of specialty the students decided to pursue? This study looks at how medical education, students, and specifically their choice of specialty has changed throughout this pandemic. By using an online surveying platform and asking fourth year medical students how they see different aspects of the medical fields popularized by the media during the pandemic, we can see how students have changed their choice of specialty from it. After analyzing the data from the survey, we will be able to see if this major event has swayed medical students towards or against specific fields.

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Apr 21st, 10:45 AM Apr 21st, 11:05 AM

The Effect of COVID-19 on Medical Students’ Fields of Interest

The COVID-19 pandemic has had one of the greatest effects on educational institutions in recent history. With Classes becoming virtual and many activities not being possible because of CDC guidelines and social distancing, it is obvious that this pandemic has greatly changed students’ learning. One type of education has experienced some of the largest changes, Medical Education, as it is so heavily based on hands-on teaching methods and collaboration with others. Medical students have had to face major issues in their pursuit to become medical specialists, but how have these issues affected what kind of specialty the students decided to pursue? This study looks at how medical education, students, and specifically their choice of specialty has changed throughout this pandemic. By using an online surveying platform and asking fourth year medical students how they see different aspects of the medical fields popularized by the media during the pandemic, we can see how students have changed their choice of specialty from it. After analyzing the data from the survey, we will be able to see if this major event has swayed medical students towards or against specific fields.