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Does covid-19 offer opportunities for medical students to apply sociology to clinical practice?

Published: 26 October 2020

Although sociology is a core part of medical curricula, students can struggle to see its relevance to their future careers. Is covid-19 changing that?

Despite the challenges associated with much teaching currently being delivered online, we have observed that students appear to grasp the relevance of sociology to medicine and their future careers more readily than previous cohorts. Has this pandemic awakened their “sociological imaginations”?

Dr Kathleen Kendall, Associate Professor in Sociology as Applied to Medicine, is lead author and co-chair of Behavioural and Social Sciences Teaching in Medicine (BeSST).

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