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Medical students undeterred by COVID-19

Residency Program Insider, November 5, 2020

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A majority of medical students say that COVID-19 has had no effect on their choice to pursue medicine, according to Medscape's Medical Student Life & Education Report 2020.

The report, which was based on survey responses from more than 2,600 U.S. medical students, found that COVID-19 either "reinforced" or "strongly reinforced" the decision of 53% of students to become physicians. Thirty-eight percent said the pandemic had no effect and 8% said it "weakened" or "strongly weakened" their choice to pursue medicine.  

However, medical students expressed concerns with possible interruptions to their education and graduation caused by COVID-19. Twenty-eight percent were either "concerned" or "very concerned" that COVID-19 might delay their graduations, while 41% were "moderately concerned" or "slightly concerned." Despite the concerns, 45% were satisfied with their institution's handling of COVID-19.

Source: Medscape
 



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