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    A reply to: Continuing Medical education during a pandemic: an academic institution’s experience
    • Abbeyrahmeee Athithan, Medical Student King's College London
    • Other Contributors:
      • Shreya Jauhari, Medical Student
      • Bhumi Mehta, Medical Student
      • Riya V Patel, Medical Student
      • Sam Thenabadu, Head of Stage 3 and Deputy Dean at GKT School of Medicine, King’s College London

    Dear Editor,

    We read with great interest the article by Kanneganti et al. exploring ‘Continuing Medical Education during a pandemic: an academic institution’s experience’. As medical students at King’s College London (KCL) in the United Kingdom, our anecdotal experience parallels the findings of Kanneganti et al., who analyse the innovative changes to medical education in Singapore.(1) Although, Kanneganti et al. focus on continuing medical education (CME) for speciality training, as senior medical students we have found that the challenges of COVID-19 have also altered our intended medical education experience, specifically our clinical training.

    Kanneganti et al. mention the successful move of CME to online platforms, including Objective Structured Clinical Exams (OSCE) but acknowledge the difficulty in simulating clinical signs. Unlike the National University Hospital (NUH) in Singapore, KCL has chosen not to deliver OSCEs online and instead have adapted the traditional OSCE assessments into Clinical Workplace Examinations (CWE). This assesses clinical competency on one real-life patient where final year medical students undertake an in-depth history and clinical examination in a forty-five minute period. This is a stark contrast to the traditional multiple station format. Some may argue that this new format is unable to assess a wide variety of skills. Furthermore, it is far more challenging to standardise the CWE as students have different patients with...

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    Medical Education during COVID Pandemic-Are we missing Bull's Eye
    • Vipin Sharma, Professor Orthopedics and Faculty Medical Education Dr. Rajendra Prasad Govt Medical College,HP,India
    • Other Contributors:
      • Seema Sharma, Associate Professor Pediatrics and Faculty Medical Education
      • Kavya Sharma, Medical Student

    We were pleased to read the very timely article in your esteemed journal titled “Continuing medical education during a pandemic: an academic institution’s experience”by Kanneganti et al 1 , The authors have given an in-depth description of various tools being used to impart medical education to postgraduate trainees in prevailing COVID crisis. We would like to commend the authors for the detailed analysis of impact of COVID pandemic on medical education and comment on evolving situation with current evidence so as to complement the issues raised by this thought provoking article.

    The unimaginable power of microcosmic CORONA virus has razed down human capability to master the universe and shown the vulnerability of Man’s vaunted display of power and arrogance.2 Medical education has not remained untouched by its impact. The Corona Virus has not only attacked our corporeal existence, it has affected us mentally, psychologically and institutionally. It has called for physical and social distancing that will make it difficult to hold classes for sizeable number of students to learn together. Although the benefits of direct student teacher interaction and real time two way feedback will be difficult to replicate at online forums 3 , still online classes seem to be the only preferred alternative to face to face education in current scenerio.2

    We at our institute are using WebX platform for online teaching activities. Teachers and students both can use th...

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