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PURPOSE: Medical students providing support to clinical teams during Covid-19 may have been an opportunity for service and learning. We aimed to understand why the reported educational impact has been mixed to inform future placements. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional survey of medical students at UK medical schools during the first Covid-19 'lockdown' period in the UK (March-July 2020). Analysis was informed by the conceptual framework of service and learning. RESULTS: 1245 medical students from 37 UK medical schools responded. 57% of respondents provided clinical support across a variety of roles and reported benefits including increased preparedness for foundation year one compared to those who did not (p 

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Journal article


Med Teach

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859 - 870


Covid-19, FiY1, SARS-CoV-2, clinical placement, coronavirus, curriculum, disaster medicine, interim-foundation year one, medical education, medical school, pandemic influenza, preparedness for practice, service-learning, volunteering, Humans, COVID-19, Students, Medical, Cross-Sectional Studies, Learning, United Kingdom