An Observation of Healthcare Professions Students’ Perceptions During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Anette Wu*, Vinay Maddula, Ann Chen Xi Yu, Rahul Goel, Haruna Shimizu, Chung Liang Chien, Richard Wingate, Mandeep Gill Sagoo, Heike Kielstein, Hannes Traxler, Cecilia Brassett, Jens Waschke, Fransziska Vielmuth, Kevin Keay, Mina Zeroual, Takeshi Sakurai, Jorgen Olsen, Salma El-Batti, Suvi Viranta-Kovanen, Shuji KitaharaCarol Kunzel, Paulette Bernd, Geoffroy P.J.C. Noel

*Corresponding author for this work

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This study conveys preclinical healthcare professions students’ sentiments at 14 universities during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. Essays about students’ thoughts and experiences were thematically sorted and revealed a variety of sentiments spanning from positive (e.g., pride, respect) to the more negative (e.g., anxiety, guilt, disappointment, anger). Themes revealed respect for the healthcare profession, but also the realization of its limitations, sacrifices, and risks. Healthcare profession educators need to be aware that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected students emotionally and may have long-term effects on the global healthcare profession. This study can serve as a historic documentation of how this generation of students felt and adds to the literature on how the pandemic affected the healthcare profession.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)401-409
Number of pages9
JournalMedical Science Educator
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021


  • COVID-19
  • Healthcare professions education
  • International comparison
  • Student emotions
  • Student experiences


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