“When the COVID-19 pandemic came to the United States, it required drastic changes in medical education curricula across the nation, with the majority of learning opportunities transitioning to the virtual setting. As our nation enters the ninth month of this public health crisis, it is necessary to reevaluate the current system and curate the innovative strategies that have been implemented. It is essential that the next generation of physician-scientists complete training that prepares them for eventual clinical practice. If medical education is not optimized, an abrupt transition from online classes to the frontlines of health care may result in a generation of physicians who are unprepared to transition into clinical roles. However, with the information available to us now, and by critically assessing the new educational strategies implemented, it is possible to create infrastructures and improve medical education optimized for practicing health care in this new COVID-19 world.”
About Shikha Jain, MD FACP
I am a practicing, board-certified hematology/oncology physician in Chicago. I speak on topics ranging from the impact of social media on healthcare, how physicians can utilize social media, how to write Op-eds in the medical world, gender equity and barriers to career advancement, and topics in GI oncology and immunotherapy. My goal is to explain complicated topics in simple terms. I also enjoy writing and you can find some of my writing on this site. I am a mother to three amazing kids and married to a gastroenterologist. I look forward to connecting with you.