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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 193-197

Step-by-step guide to managing the educational crisis: Lessons learned from COVID-19 pandemic


1 Department of Forensic Medicine and Clinical Toxicology, Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Egypt
2 Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Helwan University, Egypt
3 FAIMER Institute, Philadelphia; Wellbeing Systems, Inc., Abington, Pennsylvania, USA
4 Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, Helwan University, Egypt
5 Department of Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, Suez Canal University, Egypt; Department of Family Medicine, College of Medicine and Medical Sciences, Arabian Gulf University, Kingdom of Bahrain, Bahrain

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Hani Salem Mohamed Atwa
Department of Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jmau.jmau_79_20

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Background: Medical education is facing great challenges and uncertainties amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Aims and Objectives: This article aims to provide tips that can provide a guide for medical education leaders to coordinate crisis management referring to the Egyptian context. Materials and Methods: This work was done using a reflection on the COVID-19 response by Egyptian universities and analysis of such responses. Results: Medical Education Institutions are required to build a taskforce team for crisis management. These should be committed to supporting sudden online education transition, academic support, and the psychological well-being of students, staff members, health care professionals, paramedics, and faculty administration. As the situation evolves, the taskforce has to monitor the challenges and provide appropriate plans, guidance, and solutions. Leaders in medical education have a crucial role in response to the pandemic crisis in securing a successful educational process while ensuring the mental and psychological well-being of the stakeholders. Conclusion: Crisis management is the skill of the future and more investment needs to be placed in designing crisis response and in enabling universities to accommodate this response.


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