This Is How Online Internships Are Done in Med Schools

Here's a gist of what it's like to be a medical intern during these times.
by The Candy Staff   |  Dec 22, 2020
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Classes in college have shifted to a digital space because of the COVID-19 pandemic. College courses that require practical learning have also been modified to adapt to an online setting. The same can be said even for graduate studies like in medical schools.

As aspiring doctors, part of your training is to undergo a post-graduate internship where you get to apply what you've learned over the years and learn more by immersing yourself in an actual hospital setting. This year, however, many medical internship programs had to be conducted online due to the threat of the pandemic.

One medical intern, Abigail Reyes who owns a YouTube channel called ABIeliever's Vlog, shared her experience as an intern in an online setting. "When we started online internships (E-nternship), I had this fear that I won’t be that competent physician someday because I'm just at home and there were also times that I'd get demotivated," shares Abigail over direct message. "But God made me realize that the time given to us this quarantine is a great opportunity to study more and be prepared once we get to deal with real patients. At the end of day, I always think that whatever challenges I face today will mold me to become a better person and physician someday."

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Here's a gist of what it's like to be a medical intern during these times, based on Abigail's experience:

There are still lectures and quizzes.

Lectures through Zoom calls and quizzes through Canvas are still a thing even for post-graduate internships. And you'll still be under the supervision of a resident who will be guiding you throughout your internship. It's not just a one-way learning system, however, as the lectures are more interactive and immersive. Abigail shares that her internship also has what they call an "intern's hour" where it's the interns' turns to present a lecture or lesson on a specific topic. 

Rotations are still observed.

Even though they don't get to physically be in the hospitals and observe firsthand what goes on in the different departments, rotations are still being observed even in an e-internship setting. This way, interns still get immerse themselves in the processes every department employs. In Abigail's case, for instance, for her rotation for surgery, they had to enroll in the online courses of World Health Organization (WHO). Another part of their at-home internship is making their own personal protective equipment (PPEs) using whatever they have at home.

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There are times when lectures get extended.

Some days, lectures will have to extend to be able to cover the scope of learning for each rotation. Abigail shares that extensions can happen through extra lectures that can start as late as 8 p.m.

Your vacant hours are for studying.

Lectures can run for an entire day, which means that you'll have to schedule your own study time during your free hours and even at night when you're supposed to sleep. This means you'll be on your laptop almost 24/7. It could take until the early morning before you get to finish studying for lectures.

For more of what e-internship is like, watch Abigail's vlog here:

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