LETTER TO THE EDITOR
 
An Invisible Virus Has Made Visible Many Underestimated Problems in Medical Education and Research
 
Georgieva L. M.1, Borisova B. V.1
 
1 Medical University, Sofia, Bulgaria

 
 
Abstract

In days of Global and national stress-tragedies, when what we considered to be a stable value is shaken, our eyes turn to a critical rethinking of the past. Today’s reality needs more than ever not only urgent practical procedures, restrictions, etc., but a very deep and unified concept and strategy based on sound philosophy and analyses. Evidence-based practical action is the philosophy of our behavior today. But do we have enough evidence and what are they? This is the question that still has no definite answers. Medicine is rightly proud of many of its achievements. But today, her pride is overshadowed by her inability to defeat a microscopic invisible enemy of human health. We must be honest: it turned out that medicine is strong in new modern technologies, but it is powerless to manage an invisible enemy, massively threatening the health of the Planet. It turned out that medicine is poorly prepared for surprises – not only to meet them, but also to anticipate them. Medicine is an art of probability and it must permanently prove the most probable predictions and the most effective actions. Now, by accident, the means used are mainly from the middle of the twentieth Century, from this classic epidemiology that we had forgotten. But now we are not the twentieth Century, and the media constantly suggests to us as fateful paths “social distance” and “social isolation”.

 
 
 
Keywords

medical education, research, COVID-19

 
 
  
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Information about the authors:

Georgieva Lidia Mladenova (Corresponding Author) – https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9320-9203; Doctor of Philosophy in Medicine, MD, Professor, Department of Social Medicine, Medical University – Sofia, Bulgaria. 

Borisova Boryana Veselinova – https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9199-153X; Doctor of Philosophy in Medicine, Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Medical University – Sofia, Bulgaria.

 
 
 
Cite this article as:

Georgieva, L. M., & Borisova, B. V. (2020). An Invisible Virus Has Made Visible Many Underestimated Problems in Medical Education and Research. International Journal of Science Annals, 3 (2), 34-35. doi:10.26697/ijsa.2020.2.5

 
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