Becoming A Doctor (@Becomingadr) is a national volunteer led organisation supporting aspiring and current medical students. The team consist of medical students, junior doctors, health leaders, patient representatives and key stakeholders.
The @BecomingADr team brought together medical students across the UK with frontline clinicians, academics and key organisations including the General Medical Council to help explore how best medical students could contribute to efforts to tackle COVID-19. The format for this was a national twitter chat using the specially created hashtag #MedStudentCovid
International examples of how medical students are contributing were also discussed. The chat was supported by leaders from organisations including NHS England, Health Education England, General Medical Council, British Medical Association and the World Health Organisation.
#MedStudentCovid In Geneva Switzerland🇨🇭we are currently training medical students to perform swabbing for suspected #COVID19 individuals We need your help. Check with your local entities on ways you can be involved @Hopitaux_unige pic.twitter.com/oBpdLYRezf— Prof Didier Pittet (@DidierPittet) March 29, 2020
There was substantial impact with students from across the UK tuning in, resulting in #MedStudentCovid trending at No.4 in the UK on twitter during the national discussion! The movement has now grown to encompass global examples of how medical students are contributing.
A report will be published soon with further details and information on the next twitter chat.