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Critical Analysis of the Essay as an Effective Form of Comparing the Situation of Foreign-Language Dental Students from Polish University During the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic

Submission: November 27, 2020; Published: September 27, 2021

DOI: 10.31031/COJNH.2021.07.000668

ISSN: 2577-2007
Volume7 Issue4


Introduction: At the beginning of 2020, the world-wide infection of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) has changed many aspects of people’s everyday lives. The controlled lockdown was not only a huge shock to communities across the globe but it was also an emotional struggle.

Aim of the study: The aim of the presented study was to identify and compare the main difficulties that final year students (both Polish and foreigners) of Dentistry, Faculty of Medical Sciences in Zabrze- Medical University of Silesia had to cope with due to the mentioned situation. Authors analyzed the potential benefits and losses subjectively felt by students due to global pandemic.

Material and Methods: The critical analysis of essays written by the final year dental students was done. Issues required in the essays were: possible losses and benefits subjectively felt by individuals because of the COVID-19 time, adaptation to on-line type of studying, students` opinions regarding change of habits and psychological impact of the lockdown.

Result: Polish respondents` complaints were more focused on the IT problems in comparison to their foreign colleagues. None of examined groups showed a strong fear about their own health, all respondents worried much more about their relatives. For the foreigners the most stressful was the temporary inability of helping their families in need. Both groups emphasized negative impact of social isolation on psyche and its positive aspect- new hobbies development.

Discussion: Student`s responses varied between groups in the aspect of what they considered as a biggest struggle of pandemic time. Adaptation to e-learning was easier for the group of foreign students. Both groups were aware of how serious the situation was and of the possible impact of lack of practical classes on their future internships

Keywords: Coronavirus; University students; Stress; Psychological impact; E- learning

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