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Views on virtual education during the COVID-19 pandemic among medical and paramedical students in India



Yuvaraj Maria Francis1, PK Sankaran2, CP Kirthika3,*, Balaji Karunakaran1, S Sathish Kumar4, D Karthikeyan5, Madhan Krishnan6 & Shyamaladevi Babu6



1Department of Anatomy, Saveetha Medical College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Thandalam, Chennai- 602 105, India; 2Department of Anatomy, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Mangalagiri -52008, Andhra Pradesh, India; 3Department of Anatomy, Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research, Porur, Chennai : 6000116, India; 4Department of Community Medicine, Vinayaka Missions Medical College and Hospital, Karaikal, Pondicherry, India; 5Department of Microbiology, Vinayaka Missions Medical College and Hospital, Deemed university, Karaikal, Pondicherry, India; 6Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, Chettinad Hospital and Research Institute, Chettinad Academy of Research and Education, chengalpattu- 603103 India. *Corresponding author



Yuvaraj Maria Francis - E-mail: sujinalways@gmail.com; +91 9952929636
Sankaran PK- E-mail: drpks@live.com; +91 8148876508
CP Kirthika - E-mail: cpkirthika@gmail.com; +91 9884125962
Balaji K- Email: mevsig@gmail.com; +91 9894763124
Sathish Kumar S - Email: ssksathish14@gmail.com; +91 9688536654
Karthikeyan D - Email: karthikeyan49@yahoo.com; +91 9790218268
Madhan K - Email: kmadhan91@gmail.com; +91 9787695346
Shyamaladevi B - Email: Shyamdevi06@gmail.com; +91 8940829264


Article Type

Research Article



Received May 24, 2022; Revised June 30, 2022; Accepted June 30, 2022, Published June 30, 2022



The COVID-19 pandemic has made the educational institutions to implement the mandatory virtual learning in medical education. It is undeniable that electronic gadget aided learning have a significant role to play during a pandemic. Both faculty and students are getting accustomed to this ‘New Normalcy’. Therefore, it is of interest to determine the effectiveness and perception of virtual teaching and learning during the COVID 19 pandemic. A cross-sectional study was conducted in which 336 medical and 336 paramedical students of both the genders with age group of 17 - 21 years participated. The data obtained were analyzed using the SPSS software. The shift from class room teaching to virtual learning has led to many health issues among students such as eye strain, anxiety, depression, musculoskeletal problems and obesity. The students also had inadequate time to interact with faculties. Data shows that virtual learning an alternative mode to traditional method during a pandemic.



COVID 19 pandemic, Education, Medical students, Perceptions, Virtual learning and teaching



Maria Francis et al. Bioinformation 18(6): 518-524 (2022)


Edited by

P Kangueane






Biomedical Informatics



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