Emerging Visions and Orientations in Medical Education: An Overview of Opportunities and Challenges in Corona and Post-Corona Times

Document Type : Commentary


1 Department of Medical Education, Virtual Center, Jahrom Unversity of Medical Sciences, Jahrom, Iran

2 Department of English Language, Jahrom University of Medical Sciences, Jahrom, Iran


The COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative impact on all spheres of social life. This has especially been the case with educational systems, which were evidently unprepared at the outset of the crisis. This commentary examines the challenges of medical education during the pandemic and recommends possible solutions for adapting to the changing trends in this period while providing an outlook on the post-corona challenges. It will also look into the opportunities besides the challenges. The outbreak has created an atmosphere that promotes commitment in education, improves educators’ abilities, enhances the production of virtual content, challenges traditional attitudes and helps with self-directed learning among students. These developments could leave their mark on education well beyond the pandemic. The post-corona era can be an age of transformation characterized by a drastic shift from traditionalism to alternative educational approaches. Accordingly, besides the changes in attitudes, it appears necessary to lay the technological groundwork and identify the associated challenges. New opportunities will arise in the form of more effective technology integration in distance and regular education, enhanced quality of virtual programs and the emergence of new educational trends. These developments are deemed to bring about substantial improvements in the quality of medical education.


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