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Status and situation of postgraduate medical students in China under the influence of COVID-19
  1. Shunda Wang1,2,
  2. Menghua Dai1
  1. 1 Department of General Surgery, Peking Union Medical College Hospital,Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, China
  2. 2 Graduate School, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, China
  1. Correspondence to Dr Menghua Dai, Department of General Surgery, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, Beijing 100730, China; DaiMH{at}

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At the beginning of 2020, the outbreak of COVID-19 in China has brought great impact on the society, economy and life. This article introduces current status of Chinese postgraduate medical students under this epidemic situation in combination with the author's own experience from four aspects: professional spirit, professional knowledge, learning status and protective measures.


A novel coronavirus has been discovered and confirmed since the first case of unidentified pneumonia was confirmed in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.1 2 The disease caused by this novel virus was officially named COVID-19 by the WHO on 12 January 2020. Since the outbreak in China, the numbers of confirmed cases and deaths have rapidly increased. COVID-19 has been clarified as a grade B infectious disease, others of which include severe acute respiratory syndrome and highly pathogenic avian influenza, and is treated according to the protocol for grade A infectious diseases. COVID-19 is the seventh known coronavirus-induced disease that involves infection of the respiratory system in human beings. The other two potentially life-threatening coronavirus-induced diseases are severe acute respiratory syndrome and Middle East respiratory syndrome.3 4 This novel coronavirus-induced pneumonia is transmitted from person to person and is highly infectious, with high susceptibility among the general population. The coronavirus responsible for COVID-19 has a long incubation period and diverse clinical features, seriously impacting normal work and life throughout the country. As of 13 April 2020, COVID-19 had been recognised in over 200 countries, with a total of 1 784 364 laboratory-confirmed cases and 111 832 deaths, and these numbers have since continued to rise.

On 23 January 2020, the Chinese government immediately blocked the city of Wuhan and cut off all outside contact to stop the spread of COVID-19. Other cities successively announced closure of public places and restricted the flow of people. At the time …

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