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Attitude of Medical Students About Their Role and Social Accountability in the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Abstract
Background: In this study, we aimed to explore the attitude of medical students toward their role and social accountability in this pandemic era. An online survey was developed to elicit information on (1) the role of medical students in the pandemic era; (2) Medical education in the "new normal," and (3) the impact of COVID-19 on medical students.

Methods: The online survey, developed by a team consisting of three medical students, three psychiatry residents, and three professors of psychiatry, was conducted on 574 participants (213 medical students, 180 graduates, and 181 professors) in the University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea. Anxiety symptom rating scales, including the Stress and Anxiety to Viral Epidemics-6 (SAVE-6) scale and the Generalized Anxiety Disorder-7 (GAD-7) scale, were applied to measure participant anxiety level.

Results: Medical students indicated their willingness to join the healthcare response to the COVID-19 pandemic, if requested; however, graduates and professors recommended that medical students continue their training rather than join the pandemic healthcare response. In the new normal era, medical education has had to change appropriately. Moreover, adequate knowledge of COVID-19 infection and spread must be considered for the continuation of clinical clerkships during the pandemic. Overall, medical students who indicated anxiety about treating possible or confirmed cases of COVID-19 rated higher on the SAVE-6 scale. Finally, medical students who reported that COVID-19 had an impact on their studies and daily life rated higher on the general anxiety scale (GAD-7).

Conclusion: Social accountability is an important issue for medical students in the pandemic era. At the same time, non-disruption of their academic calendar would ensure continuous availability of component medical professionals, which is important for adequate future healthcare responses.
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김규민박민걸박장호서수연여성욱이주희정석훈정익재홍유진홍지훈
Issued Date
2021
Type
Article
Keyword
COVID-19medical educationmedical studentpandemicPsychiatrysocial responsibility
DOI
10.3389/fpsyt.2021.645340
URI
https://oak.ulsan.ac.kr/handle/2021.oak/8499
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Publisher
FRONTIERS IN PSYCHIATRY
Location
스위스
Language
한국어
ISSN
1664-0640
Citation Volume
12
Citation Number
0
Citation Start Page
0
Citation End Page
0
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