Medical Education During the Coronavirus Disease-2019 Pandemic: Learning From a Distance

Rachel Hilburg, Niralee Patel, Sophia Ambruso, Mollie A. Biewald, Samira S. Farouk

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As paradigms of clinical care delivery have been significantly impacted by the novel coronavirus disease-2019 pandemic, so has the structure, delivery, and future of medical education. Both undergraduate and graduate medical education have seen disruptions ranging from fully virtual delivery of educational content and limited clinical care for medical students to increased clinical demands with redeployment for residents and fellows. Adherence to social distancing has led to the adoption and implementation of already available technologies in medical education, including video conferencing softwares and social media platforms. Efficient and effective use of these technologies requires an understanding not only of these platforms and their features but also of their inherent limitations. During a time of uncertainty and increased clinical demands, the approach to medical education must be thoughtful with attention to wellness of both the educator and learner. In this review, we discuss the influence of the pandemic on the existing medical education landscape, outline existing and proposed adaptations to social distancing, and describe challenges that lie ahead.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)412-417
Number of pages6
JournalAdvances in Chronic Kidney Disease
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2020


  • COVID-19
  • Medical education
  • Trainees
  • Video conferencing
  • Virtual


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