Dr. Alexander Everest Shares How Medical Students’ Education Has Been Affected By the COVID-19 Pandemic — Harcourt Health

The COVID-19 pandemic has had massive effects on the entire United States healthcare system. Over 570,000 Americans have died of the disease, surpassing any previous estimates of how many people may succumb to the virus.

While doctors and nurses have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, another group within the medical field has also experienced huge changes in their lives as a result. Medical students have been put to work in ways they would never have experienced before the pandemic.

Dr. Alexander Everest, a healthcare administrator who supports medical students, explains how they have been affected by the pandemic. He details some of the ways in which their regular studies and duties have changed, laying out the changing expectations for students and how their new normal has affected their ability to learn about their profession.

Uncharted Waters

Virtual Learning

Students became more isolated from their medical school communities, missing out on the in-person social interactions that are normally part of any professional education. Some students experienced more anxiety and depression symptoms as a result of isolation. Since medical students are already prone to stress, this was not an optimal situation.

Working on the Front Lines

Some students opted out of serving in the community, especially before vaccines were available. These students decided that the risk of taking home the virus to vulnerable family members was not worth it. These students missed out on valuable opportunities to learn, but their personal situations were understandable.

The stress and strain of overwhelming cases of the disease and the severe conditions experienced by patients and doctors alike wore on both groups. Many students may have decided that medical school was not the place for them based on their reaction to these extreme levels of stress.

Medical School Grading

Medical Research

Less Interaction with Patients

How Medical School Has Changed

One of the largest impacts of the pandemic on medical students is the disruption to rotations. It is hoped that medical schools will find a way to give their students a specialized online education that can make up for some of the shortfalls in their training.

Dr. Alexander Everest continues to support medical students who are having difficulties due to COVID impacting their education. By giving students more on-the-job opportunities for learning, they will become more confident members of the medical community and will be better able to become quality physicians.

Originally published at https://harcourthealth.com on May 25, 2021.

Dr. Alexander Everest has over 20 years of experience in key positions in the healthcare industry.

Dr. Alexander Everest has over 20 years of experience in key positions in the healthcare industry.