Addressing COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy: The Role of Medical Students

Miriam Frisch, Warda Chaudhary, Xueying Zhang, Valerie Parkas, Beverly Forsyth

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We conducted a survey study at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai to assess COVID-19 vaccine attitudes and behaviors among medical students. Almost all respondents (96.5%, n = 222) believed vaccines were effective and reported being asked about the COVID-19 vaccine by family members (79.0%, n = 180). However, when asked how they respond when someone shares misinformation, 89.0% (n = 202) responded they agree to avoid conflict, 44.9% (n = 102) listened empathically, and 9.3% (n = 21) corrected the misinformation. Medical school education can address this disconnect, using standardized patients and role-playing to give students the tools to address vaccine hesitancy within their communities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1299-1303
Number of pages5
JournalMedical Science Educator
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2022


  • COVID-19
  • Medical education
  • Standardized patients
  • Vaccine hesitancy


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