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Status and situation of postgraduate medical students in China under the influence of COVID-19
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    Medical Education and Training during COVID-19 had a severe negative impact
    • RAJU VAISHYA, Professor and Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi, INDIA
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      • ABHISHEK VAISH, Attending Consultant Orthopaedics

    In a recently published paper entitled ‘Status and situation of postgraduate medical students in China under the influence of COVID-19” (1) is inappropriate, as the authors have hardly described the plights of the postgraduate (PG) students during this pandemic. They have broadly discussed the impact of it on the medical students in general (including both under and postgraduate students). The PG has much different education and training than the undergraduate (UG) students. And, also the responsibilities of these two groups of students are quite different. The PG courses are designed to create experts, who would be able to deliver specialized healthcare to the community. Hence, generalizing the impact of the pandemic on these two dissimilar groups is unfair.

    COVID-19 pandemic has indeed disrupted the medical PG education and training globally, mainly in the following ways:

    1. Due to a substantial decrease in the number of patients attending the hospitals, the requisite clinical experience of history taking, clinical examination, and attending their surgical interventions have been cut down significantly, leading to inadequate specialist training.

    2. The PG teaching is also badly affected by the pandemic, with the abolition of conventional teaching like lectures, ward rounds, inter-departmental meetings, seminars, case presentations, and other academic activities (2).

    3. The PGs are finding it challenging to complete their required d...

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