Sustainable Medical Teaching and Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Surviving the New Normal

Malays J Med Sci. 2020 May;27(3):137-142. doi: 10.21315/mjms2020.27.3.14. Epub 2020 Jun 30.


During the first phase of the Movement Control Order, many medical lecturers had difficulty adapting to the online teaching and learning methods that were made compulsory by the institutional directives. Some of these lecturers are clinicians who need to juggle between clinical work and teaching, and consider a two-week adaptation during this period to be not enough. Furthermore, converting traditional face-to-face learning to online formats for undergraduate and postgraduate clinical programmes would reduce the learning outcomes, especially those related to clinical applications and the acquisition of new skills. This editorial discusses the impact that movement restrictions have had on medical teaching and learning, the alternatives and challenges and the way forward.

Keywords: COVID-19; distance education; learning; medical education; teaching.