Medical Students’ Commitment during the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic: Preparedness, Motivation, and Impact on Students’ Skills
This repository enables published in our pre-print article with the same title. Aim of the study was to evaluate the preparedness of students involved in the CoronaPreventMainz (CPM) study as assistant staff. Another focus was on the influence of this commitment on the students attitude and skills. The first section of the survey captured the basic demographics (gender and age) of the student assistants, information on any medical apprenticeship before entering medical school, current semester, and details of the students’ commitment in the CPM study (type of work within the study, average hours of work, etc.). The second section asked about their preparedness for the pandemic in medical school. In particular, they were asked for their opinion on dedicated preparation courses for pandemics and whether medical students should be used as additional health care workers during crises like the current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. The third section comprised questions on their feelings about participating in the fight against the crisis due to their work in the CPM study and their opinion on the appropriateness of students’ participation in this project. Furthermore, the students were asked about the safety precautions taken during their work and possible fear of self-infection. The fourth section asked about the students’ organizational and practical skills and their potential development during the study. Section five focused on their opinion regarding the large-scale testing, their own work within it, and the potential benefit of the study for coping with the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. The last section of the questionnaire asked about the scientific results of the CPM study and the impact on their own interest in doing research.