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  • With the covid situation, how are clinical rotations managed?

     Erina M updated 4 months ago 2 Members · 3 Posts
  • Erina M

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    March 23, 2021 at 8:13 pm
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    -Are medical students getting preferential order in vaccination?

    -Is there use of telemedicine to compensate for hospital visits / interaction with patients?

  • Gabriel Baluyut

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    March 23, 2021 at 10:42 pm
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    From what I know/experience:

    1) Med students are vaccinated.

    2) On family med placements, telemedicine dominated. Surgery placements, there were more restrictions, and less people were allowed in the operating room. In Emergency Med…various wards…resp,cardio….etc.. were all normal with face to face, but with just Covid PPE Protocols. For Psych placements, it was mostly telemedicine too.

  • Erina M

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    April 3, 2021 at 11:19 am
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    Hi Gabz, thank you so much for you insights!

    Good that the med students are prioritized in vaccination. And usage of telemedicine is likely the most practical way to do clinical rotations.

    It seems to be a privilege though, to have the above in one’s university though. In Pavia University, Italy apparently there has been a delay in the vaccination of students, and little or no use of telemedicine, from what I hear. There were protests by students on how long it was taking to receive the vaccines. (Sorry if I’m posting inaccurate info, this is what I heard. I’m not a Pavia student.)

    Last year at the peak of the 1st wave of the pandemic, the Italian government decided to send out final year med students to start working in the hospitals, before completing their final assignments and receiving their degree. Shows how dire the situation was at the time.

    Coping strategies really depend on the country/school.

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