How has Coronavirus (COVID-19) affected medical students

How has Coronavirus (COVID-19) affected medical students
April 1, 2020 |

Social distancing has become the new norm across the globe as we try to overcome the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. During these uncertain times, COVID-19 has caused interruption for all levels of education including medical students as they prepare for their USMLE® examinations. Stay up to date with the latest information about test center closures and COVID-19.

Prometric Closures

According to the USMLE®, Prometric announces that test centers in the United States and Canada will be closed starting March 18, 2020 for a period of 30 days. Anyone who is outside of the United States and Canada with a scheduled USMLE examination is urged to check the Prometric website for a current list of test center closures before arriving to the test center on test day.

> Prometric Test Center Closures

Eligibility Periods

USMLE will extend eligibility periods for all test takers worldwide. All 2020 eligibility periods will be extended to have an end date of December 31, 2020. The extensions will be processed in order of expiration date and is expected to be completed by the week of April 13, 2020. All test takers will receive a new scheduling permit once their extension has been processed and no fees will be charged. There will be no action required from test takers as the eligibility periods will be extended automatically.

Learn more about COVID-19

To help educate, separate facts from misconceptions, and help organizations keep people safe, our partners at Area9 Lyceum developed an adaptive learning module on COVID-19. In this free module you will learn about the origin of COVID-19, how it is transmitted, the symptoms and differences in severity, complications, diagnosis and prevention.

> COVID-19 Education Module

Testimonial from Matthew Auten, M.D., Ph.D. – Pathology Resident at West Virginia University

“In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare professionals at all levels need to ways to access new information that is accurate and facilitates knowledge retention.

As a Pathology resident, I found the module on “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)” an excellent tool to efficiently and effectively inform myself on the facts of COVID-19 and the basic laboratory information associated with coronavirus diagnosis and prognosis.

The adaptive learning platform allows users to build on what they already know while helping them focus on newer areas where they may feel less confident.  Using tools to track a user’s progress, this system gives you real-time statistics on knowledge acquisition and motivates you to continue.”

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