As we all see, CORONA VIRUS(Covid-19) is going to stay with us for a while. Some countries have stated that one should learn to live with the Covid-19 virus.
In the official statement, the Canadian President stated “The World dynamics will change even after the Covid-19 vaccine is developed” meaning thereby there will be a drastic change in how we leave or how we operate. We will have to adopt certain procedures to safeguard ourselves as well as the people around us. Surely COVID-19 has changed the dynamics of the world extensively. Online education/training is becoming more relevant and one could say inevitable in recent times. The rate of contamination by Covid-19 in doctors on duty is exceedingly high. So is the case with the Fellow doctors and Medical Graduates. unexpected lockdowns, congestion in Hospitals, limited medical resources and extremely perplexed medical staff has hampered the experience of clinical rotations.
Some of my colleagues in the USA doing their rotations explained to me the whole situation, they are in a miserable situation, doing day-night duties. The Doctors, Fellow Doctors, Medical Graduates, the hospital staff, and all the medical service providers are directly encountering the Covid-19 virus, which makes them highly vulnerable to the lethal infection. With the protection also there are cases reported of infection as well as deaths of the medical staff.
Ideally, a Medical student doing his/her clerkship is part of a team as a learner who requires guidance. In other disaster circumstances, students were able to continue their education and help in the effort. However, with the emergence of a highly contagious pandemic, students may spread the virus unknowingly or contract the diseases. Further, The Association of American medical colleges provided guidelines for pausing Clinical Rotations for medical students. however, geographical disparities may lead schools to make a tailored judgment based on unique circumstances.
The challenges are in providing an authentic patient experience for medical students as a key component of medical education under the current scenario. Most of the IMG have genuine reasons where they could not visit the Hospital or clinic like other fellows for the Clinical Rotations. because of the mounting cases of Covid-19 and continuous lockdowns, their situation is becoming awful each passing day.
In such times technological advancement regarding Tele Rotations/ Tele Medicine is a boon. The technology could be a blessing in disguise in this dystopian time of Corona Virus (Covid-19). Though the best tool to fight Covid-19 is a Vaccine but till it is available in open market Social distancing and self-awareness is the tool. And adhering to the awareness the Clinical didactic sessions shall be Consolidate and move online.
The central Advantage of the Tele Rotation is the safety of the Doctors. There will not be physical contact with the Doctors or Patients. Keeping the contagious patients out of the hospital helps reduce the spread of the illness.
The Follow-up consultations for post-surgery or illness will be highly time effective when the check-up is just to examine how the patients are doing. It is more prudent for patients also as they are not exposed to the new virus/germs while visiting the medical facility. The Graduates or Fellows can acquire even more knowledge as they can reach a greater number of patients without geographical hindrance. Patients from any part of the world can be consulted.
In the time of the Corona outbreak, patients shall be recommended not to visit the hospital frequently for routine check-ups and regular health checks. They are at higher risk of being contaminated with the virus. All the patients whose regular check-up or yearly health check is due can avail of this facility where they can consult a doctor via Video Conferencing call without visiting him/her in the clinic. The same way where medical graduates cannot visit the Medical facility for their training can go with the TELE-ROTATIONS.
Most of the hospitals, mental health services are now providing video consultations. Here just with your Smartphones, Tablets, or Computers, you Can visit your Doctor, a Health care Expert. This will save most of the resources, time, and still make the Face to Face consultation happen with all the comfort from the davenport of your Living room.
Graduates thrive to shadow a doctor, and it is undoubtedly the best method to learn on the go with the seniors. Shadowing a senior doctor or health professional can be done by joining the Video Consultation meetings. Clinical rotations remain almost the same in this latest technological advancement. Senior doctors understanding the risk in recent times has opted to conduct online classes/ webinars/ conference calls to ensure the graduates get enriched knowledge in these unprecedented times. Skilled Senior Doctors also have turned towards technology in the time of COVID-19 crises. They are using PDFs, Slide Sheets, and Video & Audio lectures, online sessions, conference calls for knowledge sharing with the residents. We at IMG Village Provide Tele Rotations for different areas like Medicine, Paediatrics, Obstetrics/Gynaecology, General Surgery, etc.