Medical Students and the Medical School

Nancy Sohler, Lisa Auerbach, Erica S. Friedman

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The coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic stretched the limits of the US healthcare system and forced the largest changes to medical education in recent memory; its impact is still evolving. In this chapter, the impact of COVID-19 on medical education is discussed through the lens of an urban, public medical school in New York City whose mission is to increase the number of physicians from groups traditionally underrepresented in the medical profession and to encourage graduates to practice primary care medicine in medically underserved communities in New York. Adaptations made by CUNY School of Medicine and SBH Health System to ensure the continuation of medical training during the pandemic are also discussed here. These changes are put into context by reviewing the educational setting, and major changes made to the medical school curricula and medical student research in response to COVID-19 restrictions are highlighted. Important reflections are made on how responses to COVID-19 restrictions may have a far-reaching impact on medical education going forward.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHealth Crisis Management in Acute Care Hospitals
Subtitle of host publicationLessons Learned from COVID-19 and Beyond
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783030958060
ISBN (Print)9783030958053
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine

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