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Contribution to and Dilemmas of Undergraduate Medical Students in Combating Disease Outbreaks: COVID 19 and Previous Outbreaks

Authors Pant J, Pant MK, Naithani M

Received 6 June 2020

Accepted for publication 25 August 2020

Published 29 September 2020 Volume 2020:11 Pages 661—667


Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 3

Editor who approved publication: Dr Md Anwarul Azim Majumder

Jayanti Pant,1 Mahendra Kumar Pant,2 Manisha Naithani3

1Department of Physiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh 249203, Uttarakhand, India; 2Department of Anatomy, Government Doon Medical College, Dehradun 248001, Uttarakhand, India; 3Department of Biochemistry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh 249203, Uttarakhand, India

Correspondence: Manisha Naithani Department of Biochemistry
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, 249203, Uttarakhand, India

Abstract: COVID 19 has brought several challenges for each individual, changing the world’s perception of health-care professionals. People are hailing health-care professionals as heroes, worthy of praise and gratitude. However, the pandemic has overburdened the health-care system. In this situation, the undergraduate medical students are being used as a crucial part of the health-care team in various ways. Involvement of medical undergraduates in situations of natural disaster is not new. In fact, a review of history of previous natural disasters reveals that this has been normal every time health systems have been overburdened. In the present situation of COVID 19, these students have a crucial role to play in helping frontline workers combat the crisis. Though the students would like to render their services, they are in a state of dilemma, as their roles are not defined clearly and their training to combat the pandemic is inadequate, as it was in previous outbreaks. This highlights a need to introduce module-based training for medical graduates to contribute effectively in combating future outbreaks.

Keywords: pandemic, outbreaks, medical students, services, undergraduate

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