Promoting career exploration during a pandemic: Medical students make the case for wearable technology Making the case for wearable technology in medical education

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Matthew Nelms
Daniel Teitelbaum
Mariam Issa
Yaanu Jeyakumar
Lauren Wintraub
Mary Xie
Mirek Otremba
Giovanna Sirianni
Fok Han Leung
Laila Premji
Karina Prucnal
Joyce Nyhof-Young

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In March 2020, cities across Canada locked down in an effort to control the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus (Sars-Cov-2). The containment measures forced many disruptive societal changes, with the virtual delivery of medical education being one example. Many of the resulting educational changes will persist for the foreseeable future. As students at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, we have observed first-hand the transition to a virtual curriculum. Pre clerkship medical students have been unable to participate in clinical observerships as part of early career exploration throughout the duration of the pandemic. These clinical experiences offer more than opportunities to narrow career options but serve as a critical part of developing as future physicians. Given the continued need to preserve PPE and comply with physical distancing guidelines, we believe innovative solutions are needed to restore this critical component of our medical education. Our student-led research group has described a novel use of a point-of-view (POV) livestreaming technology that allows physicians to demonstrate physical exams while teaching clinical skills to medical students as one possible solution. As the pandemic continues to threaten global health, a clear need exists to identify and implement creative innovations to prepare future physicians.