There is a huge debate over whether medical exams should be conducted or not in the pandemic. Our previous classroom learning exercises have been changed to digital learning because of the ongoing pandemic. In the current times of digital learning, there are several challenges like lack of training, accessibility, and technical constraints. Now, without hands-on exposure, classes are being conducted.
In the earlier model of regular routine teaching, six hours were devoted to theory and the rest of the time for practical after interacting with patients in the clinical subjects. The assessments based on practical, real-life patients or experiments will not be involved in the offline or online mode of examinations.
Due to the ongoing crisis, the bedside examination will also not be possible. Difficulties for students will be posted by exams with such constraints and less exposure to practical learning. They can even be unjust for the experiences of the students.
LENIENCY CAN BE SHOWN IN MEDICAL EXAMS
In other courses, students are being promoted to the next level without any exams because of the coronavirus pandemic. But the medical course is very different than these courses. Here, the life of the patient is directly in the hands of the professionals. The method of holding the assessment can become a little owing to the resent situation while the medical exams cannot be scrapped or delayed any further.
The students, in normal circumstances, are evaluated based on how they examine real-life patients. But this year they will be evaluated based on situational questions rather than their examination of real-life patients. The exams will be held in different batches that will have a small number of students. The virtual model can also be adopted for medical exams to restrict the transmission of the virus.
CAREERS WILL BE JEOPARDISED BY POSTPONING EXAMS
The delay of examinations is never a viable option, more so if the delay is not temporary. Things do not seem to get back to normal anytime soon. Therefore, the postponement of exams is not feasible, and the careers of millions of students will be jeopardized by this.
The prospects of the students trying to pursue higher studies and job opportunities will also be hampered by such a decision. The use of technology has been done by many institutions to their advantage and ways have been devised by them to impart education and clinical skills to students.
The right decision will be to conduct the exams as scheduled. But even if the exam has to be postponed, it should be postponed only for devising the logistics of conducting the examinations.
WITHOUT EXAMS MBBS STUDENTS CANNOT BE PROMOTED
The medical exams will be conducted after the situation improves, according to the MCI guidelines. Once the college re-opens, the exams will be held two months later. Exams cannot be scrapped for medical students like other courses and there is no other way. the exams can be delayed for the postgraduation students since their assessment has already been done in the graduation. The MBBS students cannot be promoted to the next level without appearing for medical exams.