From Educational Semblance to Medical Hodgepodge: Unraveling the Vectors of Virtual Education and Simulation-Based Technology to Filipino Medical Students

Authors : Noemi F. Formaran EdD; Safia Lucille B. Barbacena; Hanna Zealu Ysabel V.Apolinar; Antoinette Jannah A. Ilagan; Arman G. Inso Jr.; Lea Therese C. Irac; Ember EliyahM. Rueda

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 3 - March

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To better comprehend the perspectives of Filipino virtual medical students who deviated from the traditional method of learning medicine, this study focuses on their experiences. Methods: This study utilized the phenomenological research design. Conceptualizations of the respondents' articulations, which were obtained through a semistructured interview via Zoom, have been discovered using phenomenology as the research design. Transcribing the replies from emic to etic and then conducting a cold to warm analysis of the data helped uncover the emerging themes. The member-checking technique was used to ensure the validity of the data. Findings: The outcomes were the following variables: Personal Productivity, Educational Wellbeing, and Academic Challenge. Personal Productivity of Filipino Medical Students, which comprises the subthemes selfmotivation, self-evaluation, and self-imposition, is being affected by virtual learning through various aspirations and lack of patient interaction. Virtual learning also has an impact on the Educational Wellbeing of Filipino medical students, particularly in the areas of stress management, support system management, and mental health management. It was found that while students experienced the lack of social support, they also relied on physical fitness and other reflective activities to become more emotionally and mentally stable. Academic Challenges in virtual learning, such as self-adaptation, simulative immersion, and technical application, are faced by Filipino medical students. In overcoming difficulties with virtual learning, such as power shortages, students have shown innovation and adaptability. Students have also discovered other methods to complete medical simulation tasks. Pupils that use technology effectively have had success in a virtual environment. Conclusion: This research shows that the pandemic has had a big impact on medical students' lives. Many students were able to learn some coping skills and persisted in their pursuit of becoming doctors. The environment that virtual medical students are exposed to and how they adjust to sudden changes with the support of their lovedones, friends, and teachers form the basis of their success. Recommendations: This study is recommended to institutions because it highlights the real-world experiences of virtual medical students and enlightens them about what has to be modified or improved in their own curriculum.

Keywords : Clinical Clerkship, Filipino Medical Students, Pandemic, Patient Interaction, Virtual Medical Learning


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