Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious respiratory disease caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). First identified in Wuhan, China, the disease has spread globally resulting in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. As a result, there have been significant repercussions in the Medical, Dental and Veterinary communities. 


In this Educational Resource, you will learn about the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on medical students, doctors, vets and dentists alike. You will learn all about the challenges COVID-19 is creating for the NHS, such as the shortages in personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators, and how such challenges are uniting the healthcare professions in a true OneHealth approach. This is essential knowledge for medical school applicants and should form part of your medical wider reading, and is endorsed for the Awards programme. 

We understand that this unprecedented time and so we have also included information to help you deal with uncertainty during the government mandated lockdown.  

How is Coronavirus affecting medical students?

In this episode of the Becoming a Doctor Series, Lucy and Ciara discuss the impact that COVID-19 is having on medical students.  They explore how their exams, placements and universities have been affected, as well as what medical students can do to contribute to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.  How do these experiences and changes have an impact on their paths to becoming doctors?

They also explore volunteering that you could get involved with during this challenging time.

Where did the Dentists Go?

In this episode of the Becoming a Doctor Series, Lucy and Ciara interview Dr Priya Chohan (above) who is a full-time Dentist and Vice President of Leadership at Medic Mentor.  She answers challenging questions about how dentists are delivering care for patients during the COVID-19 outbreak.  She sheds lights on the approaches that healthcare professionals are taking and how it differs to the every day delivery of care.

From Humans to Animals - A Leap of Faith from Vet to Doctor

In this episode of the Becoming A Doctor Podcast, Lucy and Ciara interview Dr Rob Campbell who is a Vet and Vice President of Veterinary Medicine at Medic Mentor. Dr Rob discusses the unexpected ways that the COVID-19 has impacted his job – both as a vet and as a lecturer in primary care at the Liverpool Veterinary School.

Doctors on the Frontlines

All of our doctors are currently busy fighting on the frontlines! This episode will be coming soon – packed with all the essential information you need to know for your applications!

What’s the deal with PPE?

Join hosts Lucy and Ciara, both medical students, as they discuss PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) – a hot topic both in the NHS and globally. Learn what PPE is and why it is an issue. Listen to Ciara and Lucy discuss their thoughts on the situation, making your wider reading that much easier! 

The PM was in the ITU?! What does this mean?

In this episode of the Becoming a Doctor Series, Lucy and Ciara explore the ethical issues surrounding resource allocation when resources are limited.  They also provide insight into ventilation and how successful it is.  They discuss the importance of confidentiality and the issues around how all of these things affected the Prime Minister when he was admitted to hospital with Coronavirus

Dealing with Uncertainty

In this episode of the Becoming a Doctor Series, Lucy and Ciara talk about how to deal with uncertainty.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, everyday life has been turned upside down and this has affected applications, exams, medical school courses and placed several limitations on our activities of daily living.  They discuss and provide practical guidance on how to overcome the anxiety and stay positive during these uncertain times.

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For more information on what you can do to support the Medical, Dental and Veterinary communities during this crisis, make sure to volunteer as a campaigner with Medic Mentor and the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund!