Adapting Education at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: the Pandemic Medicine Elective

Joseph Antony Elengickal, Amanda M. Delgado, Shefali Priya Jain, Elena Rae Diller, Catherine E. Valli, Kesar K. Dhillon, Hee K. Lee, Rohitha Baskar, Rodger D. MacArthur

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Abstract

The Medical College of Georgia (MCG) responded to the COVID-19 pandemic’s challenges to medical education with a novel, comprehensive curriculum. The Pandemic Medicine Elective was an effective solution with a safe, virtual alternative to traditional clinical experiences. As the elective evolved to include pre-clinical students and service initiatives across Georgia, students and faculty navigated online platforms to execute critical community-based projects. This curricular development utilized an interdisciplinary approach by faculty across each of MCG’s regional campuses. We describe the curriculum of the electives, the student initiatives, and lessons learned while quickly adapting curriculum during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalMedical Science Educator
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • Community engagement
  • COVID-19
  • Distance learning
  • Medical education
  • Medical student
  • Service learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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