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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 101-104

Students' perceptions of COVID-19 impact on experiential learning

Department of Pharmacy, Wingate University School of Pharmacy, Wingate, NC, USA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Jamielynn C Sebaaly
Department of Pharmacy, Wingate University School of Pharmacy, Wingate, NC
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/EHP.EHP_24_20

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had an undeniable effect on medical education, particularly experiential education. Our institution conducted a brief, anonymous survey of nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, and physician assistant students engaged in experiential education during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic to assess diverse student health professionals' perceptions of the pandemic. Based on the survey results, COVID-19 had a significant impact on students, including concerns for mental health and the quality of experiential education. The majority of students considered themselves to be essential workers, citing their need to learn, and a professional responsibility to serve; others expressed concerns of exposure risk to COVID-19 and use of personal protective equipment when supplies may be limited. Students requested increased communication, transparency, and financial support during the hardship of COVID-19. Educators and administrators should strive to address these concerns at their respective institutions, through dedicated resources to communication, mental health, and financial aid.

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