Medical school in the COVID era: Two RCSI students explain how the pandemic has affected them

Thursday, September 17, 2020

How has COVID-19 impacted medical students? Two students from Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), Dublin, describe their experiences in this episode.

Evani Patel and Sarah Chen, both second-year medical students at RCSI, tell host David H. Henry, MD, how the COVID-19 pandemic has shaped their educational experience thus far.

Now, the pandemic has shifted the students’ education to a mix of virtual and in-person learning at RCSI, but COVID-19 also impacted the pair’s summer studentships at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Typically, the studentships involve seeing patients, attending lectures, and completing projects. This year, however, the students were unable to travel to Philadelphia in person, so they completed their projects and attended lectures virtually.


Ms. Chen, Ms. Patel, and Dr. Henry have no disclosures relevant to this episode.

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David Henry, MD
David Henry, MD, FACP, is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and vice chairman of the department of medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. He received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and his MD from the University of Pennsylvania, then completed his internship, residency, and fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. After 2 years as an attending in the U.S. Air Force, he was drawn to practicing as a hem-onc because of the close patient contact and interaction, and his belief that, win or lose with each patient, one can always make a difference in their care and lives. Follow Dr. Henry on Twitter: @davidhenrymd. Dr. Henry reported being on the advisory board for Amgen, AMAG Pharmaceuticals, and Pharmacosmos. He reported institutional funding from the National Institutes of Health and FibroGen.