Ripple effects of COVID-19 lockdown pertaining to clinical skills among undergraduate medical students of Karachi

Authors

  • Asma Shaikh Jinnah Sindh Medical University, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Mawara Amin Final Year MBBS Student, Jinnah Sindh Medical University, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Azhar Uddin Final Year MBBS Student, Jinnah Sindh Medical University, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Mahrukh Khan Final Year MBBS Student, Jinnah Sindh Medical University, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Muhammad Ammad Hussain Final Year MBBS Student, Jinnah Sindh Medical University, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Ubaid Ahmed Khan Jinnah Sindh Medical University, Karachi, Pakistan

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.47391/JPMA.8076

Keywords:

COVID-19, Clinical skills, Undergraduate medical students

Abstract

Objective: To determine the outcomes of coronavirus disease-2019 lockdown pertaining to clinical skills among undergraduate medical students.

Method: The cross-sectional questionnaire-based study was conducted after approval from the Jinnah Sindh Medical University, Karachi, at 6 public and private medical education institutions in Karachi from July 3 to August 3, 2021, and comprised undergraduate students from the 3rd, 4th and final academic years. Data was collected using a pre-designed questionnaire. Data was analysed using SPSS 20.

Results: Of the 383 subjects, 260(67.9%) were females and 123(32.1%) were males. The overall age range was 20-25 years. There were 145(37.9%) students from the 3rd year, 154(40.2%) from 4th and 84(21.9%) from the final year. Among them, 251(84.2%) accepted having decreased efficiency in clinical skills because they were not being able to train in person, 157(41%) claimed that certain topics related to clinical study were given in exams even though they were not taught, and 164(72.6%) faced difficulty in exams related to clinical skills.

Conclusion: Coronavirus disease-2019 caused disruption in routine life, and medical education was not an exception. E-learning modality was found to be insufficient, and patient exposure elevates confidence, eliminates hesitation, and improves clinical skills.

Key Words: COVID-19, Clinical skills, Undergraduate medical students.

Published

2023-12-24

How to Cite

Asma Shaikh, Mawara Amin, Azhar Uddin, Mahrukh Khan, Muhammad Ammad Hussain, & Ubaid Ahmed Khan. (2023). Ripple effects of COVID-19 lockdown pertaining to clinical skills among undergraduate medical students of Karachi. Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association, 74(1), 53–57. https://doi.org/10.47391/JPMA.8076

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Section

Research Article