Impact of Coronavirus on Medical Aspirants
In the wake of the novel, Coronavirus pandemic scared the world, in a way that has never seen before. The pandemic has effected in all the segments in total creating havoc globally, its impact is more severe than expected on Economy, Education, Employment, Entertainment, and other services. Many worldwide organizations and educationalists are analyzing the effect of COVID 19 on medical education, including the new aspirants.
Many institutional reports including UNESCO, WHO, EMSA and so are depicting that there has been a panic among the students looking for overseas education and will impact a great decline in PG as well as UG education. The panic in the community is intense on one hand and the prolonged lockdowns, closures of schools, and cancellation/postponement of many entrance examinations makes it less clear to understand the impact of Coronavirus on medical education.
This year statistics shows that nearly 17 lakhs science students applied for NEET 2020 and in view of the latest date announced on 26th July 2020 for the commencement of the exam is a little bit of relief for the students applied. The demand for medical education is increasing every year and in spite of hundreds of increased seats, it is not possible to accommodate all the medical aspirants to study in India.
Given the shortage of medical seats in India, abroad medical education has been a viable option for plenty of medical aspirants, and the number of students migrating abroad increasing every year. But the impact of Coronavirus on medical student’s voyage this academic year is questionable with all the international lockdowns. The current scenario might be very depressing for the students wishing for medical education abroad though it is not fully on a negative end, as the international lockdowns has been slowly opening up in few of the countries.
International travel restrictions:
It is undeniable that the lockdown has extended the current academic year at least for four months due to NEET results that might be released after a month of the examination probably at the end of August and the admissions to be filled in during September. As for the medical aspirants’ study abroad might start during the first week of October and hopefully, the international travel bans might be released according to analysts.
Impact on Economy:
The pandemic has served a severe blow to the economy worldwide bringing a sharp decline in countries’ economic growth for the next few years. The recession might also impact the medical aspirants including the decline in rupee rate increasing the overall cost of the education drastically affecting the initial Budget plan/package. This might eventually affect the students planning to study MBBS abroad and many are now confused to take the decision in spite of their strong will to pursue higher education.
The global surveys of students showcased though a disoriented expression on higher education, but more than 50% are strong-willed to continue their study abroad especially medical aspirants as there are unwilling to waste one more year in their medical study.
Perception of Parents:
A stigma has been attached to international travels especially to certain countries like China, Italy, USA, and the other most COVID affected countries now have a completely negative effect on parents’ choice for their child study. The perception of parents in sending their children to study abroad in the first place affected due to the pandemic threat and the psychological effect resulted in insisting their children to stay with them. According to the medical aspirants though they are strong in their decision to study abroad and are convincing their panic-stricken parents in the hope they might possibly change after a few months of persuasion.
Student’s point of view:
In spite of various surveys and analysis globally trying to depict the exact scenario on the impact of Coronavirus on medical students, is completely on imaginary and not appropriate to answer the future. Giving the magnitude of the coronavirus global education including medical education abroad will take an inter-satisfactory approach focusing on the big picture. In view of not having any immediate relief/cure for Covid-19 and most of the countries including India affected students are viewing the same as not a restriction to stop/postpone their education cause every one now proclaiming including WHO that we need to live with Corona for a long time by taking precautionary measures.
People should comprehend to the current crisis is not easy to control or to completely erase in a short span living with it by caution is the only solution available instead of wasting/prolonging the student career/education for few years. The global educational institutions are also offering remote learning as a viable solution to plenty of courses during this time and the same approach might be taken by the medical institutions abroad for the new semesters as the pre-medicine might not always require personal attendance/study.