RESEARCH ARTICLE: A SWOC analysis on the impact of COVID-19 through pharmacy student leaders’ perspectives


  • Hend Al-Naimi Qatar University, Qatar
  • Bassant Elkattan Qatar University, Qatar
  • Hiba Mohammed Qatar University, Qatar
  • Laila Shafei Qatar University, Qatar
  • Marwa Elshazly Qatar University, Qatar
  • Alla El-Awaisi Qatar University, Qatar



COVID-19;, online learning;, pharmacy student, pharmacy education;, undergraduate education;, SWOC analysis


The COVID-19 pandemic has caused disruptions in many aspects of life across the globe including education provision. This pandemic led to major and rapid restructuring of curricula and assessments as student suddenly moved to unfamiliar learning environment. Active involvement of students in the education process and curricula reform is encouraged. This paper aimed to explore pharmacy student leaders’ perspectives related to their learning during COVID-19 pandemic in terms of strengths, weakness, opportunities, challenges and recommendations to move forward. A meeting with pharmacy student leaders was convened. Each student leader individually reflected on their experiences using a structured SWOC (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Challenges) framework which was then used to guide discussion. Each student then rated anonymously the importance and the probability of the themes to come up with overall score. Online learning came with both negative and positive aspects from the students’ point of view. Despite the efforts that were made by the college and students to adapt to the new educational system, there were drawbacks that may have affected the quality of the education. However, during these unprecedented circumstances, the pandemic has given pharmacy students plenty of opportunities that could positively affect their future career and the delivery of pharmacy education. Pharmacy programmes need to implement strategies within their programmes about disaster preparedness and build student resilience and wellbeing.

Author Biographies

Hend Al-Naimi, Qatar University, Qatar

College of Pharmacy, QU Health

Bassant Elkattan, Qatar University, Qatar

College of Pharmacy, QU Health

Hiba Mohammed, Qatar University, Qatar

College of Pharmacy, QU Health

Laila Shafei, Qatar University, Qatar

College of Pharmacy, QU Health

Marwa Elshazly , Qatar University, Qatar

College of Pharmacy, QU Health

Alla El-Awaisi, Qatar University, Qatar

College of Pharmacy, QU Health


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