Students’ perceptions and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the pharmaceutical education in Bulgaria: A pilot project
Keywords:Education, Pharmacy, SARS-CoV-2, Survey
Background: The COVID-19 pandemic is a crisis that impacted different aspects of daily life. Under such circumstances, digital learning emerged and was adopted by all institutions worldwide to ensure continued education. The aim of this study is to assess the impact of the pandemic on pharmacy education in Bulgaria and present the perceptions and experiences of the students.
Methods: This survey was conducted between April and June 2021. For the purpose of the study, a questionnaire with 13 open and closed-ended questions was developed and 115 pharmacy students completed the survey. Descriptive statistics were used to analyse the data.
Results: The challenges of the distance learning process mentioned by the students were: lack of teacher-student interaction, lack of laboratory practical classes and lower motivation to study. About 51 students (44%) reported they had good concentration during the online courses and 32% answered they had depressive thoughts.
Conclusion: The lack of interpersonal communication, lower motivation and concentration are the most significant issues faced by pharmacy students during the pandemic.
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