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Sanjana Mathur

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Sanjana Mathur, MD is a physician and Instructor in clinical skills and simulation. Sanjana currently holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the Department of Education at The University of Central Florida College of Medicine. Sanjana’s areas of professional interest include medical education, simulation, and global health. Sanjana can be followed on Twitter or contacted via email.  


 

Using online learning to prepare medical students for USMLE and beyond

When the COVID-19 pandemic began, fourth year medical students were in the process of preparing for their USMLE step 2CK exam. At this stage, usually they would also be in a clinical rotation with required patient experiences, and beginning applications for their residencies. Instead, they were all at home self-isolating while studying and dealing with much uncertainty.

At the University of Central Florida, College of Medicine (UCF COM), we offered an elective for three blocks over the Summer to assist them in prepping them for their exam. This served as an opportunity to encourage self-regulated learning and foster an online environment which nurtures dual communication, support, and encouragement. Below are some techniques which we found to be successful in navigating an online learning environment.

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