Rescuing medical education in times of COVID-19

Clin Dermatol. Jan-Feb 2021;39(1):33-40. doi: 10.1016/j.clindermatol.2020.12.010. Epub 2020 Dec 15.


The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has caused widespread disruptions in various sectors of medicine, including medical education. Although the necessary focus has been on patient care and public safety and the long-lasting impact of COVID-19 remains to be determined, the impact on medical education warrants further attention and action. While it seems minuscule compared with the toll the global pandemic has caused worldwide, the impact on medical education, including graduate medical education, carries the potential to alter career progression and outcomes. We have assessed the effects of COVID-19 on dermatology clinics, residency education, and medical education, exploring recommendations and actions taken by governing bodies and offering additional suggestions of our own.

MeSH terms

  • Accreditation
  • Biomedical Research
  • COVID-19 / epidemiology*
  • COVID-19 / prevention & control
  • Certification*
  • Curriculum
  • Dermatology / education*
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency* / methods
  • Internship and Residency* / organization & administration
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Personnel Selection
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Skin Diseases* / diagnosis
  • Skin Diseases* / pathology
  • Skin Diseases* / therapy
  • Telemedicine
  • United States