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Pandemic-era medical graduates and healthcare's new landscape

Emilian Kalchev


This article explores the preparedness of doctors trained during the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on their clinical competency, psychological resilience, and adaptability. The shift to virtual learning and reduced clinical exposure has raised concerns about the adequacy of their training, particularly in hands-on clinical skills and patient interactions. However, this generation of medical professionals has also gained unique strengths, such as adaptability and crisis management skills, due to their training during a global health crisis. The article discusses the enriched medical curriculum that includes pandemic management, telehealth, and digital medicine, debating whether this new focus could lead to gaps in traditional medical education. It also addresses the vital role of ongoing training and support in bridging potential gaps, emphasizing the importance of tailored residency programs, mentorship, and lifelong learning. Ultimately, the article argues for a balanced perspective, recognizing both the challenges and the unique capabilities of these new medical professionals. It suggests that with the right support and continued education, pandemic-era medical graduates can effectively contribute to modern healthcare, despite the unconventional circumstances of their training.


medical education; covid-19

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Emilian Kalchev
Department of Diagnostic Imaging and Interventional Radiology, Medical University of Varna, Bulgaria

Department of Diagnostic Imaging and Interventional Radiology, Faculty of Medicine

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