COVID-19 FAQ: Tips for Medical Students
Updated July 2, 2020
COVID-19 has created uncertainty in many aspects of our lives, and medical education is no different. Medical students have seen canceled clinical rotations, online courses, and classmates graduating early and joining the fight on the front lines. While this resource guide is not meant to be comprehensive, it provides information and resources to frequently asked questions.
If you can’t find an answer to your question in this guide, Contact us.
Testimonials from medical students
WADA Experiment Director Todd Unger recently spoke with two students about their experience during COVID-19 and the impact the virus has had on medical education.
Read the transcript of their conversation, which is part of AMA’s COVID-19 Daily Update video series.
FAQ: Impact of COVID-19 on medical education
Q: Where can I get more information on what my courses and internships will look like next year?
A: This is an area that is currently under study. As we receive additional information and advice, we will make sure to provide the information to you as quickly and easily as possible. In the meantime, we encourage you to contact your medical school’s student affairs office for further advice in this area.
the AMA Education Center™ is a great resource if you want to pursue self-paced virtual learning. The AMA Ed Hub offers videos on a variety of topics, including COVID-19 specific courses. Specifically, “Deploy students in alternate roles during COVID-19(PDF) can be helpful. In addition, this information relating to “Clinical training and return to internships in the world of COVID-19Can also be interesting.
Q: What was the impact of COVID-19 on the USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 tests?
A: Both NBME and USMLE provided advice on the impact of COVID-19 on testing. We recognize that the information relating to the USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 tests is fluid. We also encourage you to contact the student affairs office at your medical school.
Q: How will COVID-19 impact the residency selection process?
A: Currently the AAMC recommends a virtual approach to interviews at all levels. WADA will provide further updates as we receive more information on how this process will be impacted in the future.
Q: What is the impact on my student loans?
A: The CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) law provides broad relief to federal student loan borrowers. It allows loan flexibility in the event of withdrawal and provides ongoing eligibility for schools whose courses have been moved online. Additionally, if your financial situation has changed significantly due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for additional loans for the next school year. Contact the financial aid office at your medical school for more information. Check the Federal student aid website for updates related to COVID-19 and more detailed information on forbearance information for students, borrowers and parents.
Q: I will be graduating soon and have a lot of questions about my new residency program. Is there information available to help with this transition?
A: Discussions on the start of residency programs are active. WADA will do its best to keep you informed of developments. At present, WADA has issued a Declaration of the rights of residents and scholarship holders which you can read for more information. In addition, ACGME provided guidelines. These guidelines address accreditation and GME status during the COVID-19 pandemic, provide ACGME guidance statements, FAQs, letters to the community, and other organizational guidance.
If you’re looking for some general advice on getting started and getting the most out of your residence, check out AMAs Guide “How to be a good coachee” (PDF).