Unmasking the Healthcare Issues Slipping through the Cracks during the Pandemic





Editorial, Medical students, Sexual abuse, Sexual violence


Over the last nine years, the International Journal of Medical Students (IJMS) has been assisting medical students to seek excellence in research. From its conception, IJMS has been publishing tri-annually; however, due to the huge number of article submissions to the journal, IJMS is now publishing four issues every year. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a rise in the incidence of crime and interpersonal violence, including sexual assault. Despite this, it has also been found that the number of such offences reported has decreased. In this editorial, we bring to light the under-recognized issue of sexual assault by highlighting an article regarding medical students' training in caring for assault victims that will be published in this issue. We also discuss other under-recognized healthcare problems in this editorial. This upcoming issue of IJMS is one that not only contains research and experience pieces about the COVID-19 pandemic's ramifications; beautifully recounted and inspiring experiences from medical students can also be found in this issue. Combined with the intriguing case reports and a letter-to-the-editor, we are sure that this upcoming issue will pique the curiosity of our worldwide readership.



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Hoopes, K, Lewitt, T, Naseem, A, Messman, A, Kouyoumjian, S. Improving Medical School Education on the Care of Sexual Assault Patients: A Quasi-Randomized Controlled Study. Int J Med Students. 2021 May-Jun;9(2):129-39.

Mazza M, Marano G, Lai C, Janiri L, Sani G. Danger in danger: Interpersonal violence during COVID-19 quarantine. Psychiatry Res. 2020 Jul;289:113046.

Cucinotta D, Vanelli M. WHO Declares COVID-19 a Pandemic. Acta Bio-Medica Atenei Parm. 2020 Mar 19;91(1):157–60.

OHCHR | States must combat domestic violence in the context of COVID-19 lockdowns – UN rights expert. Available from: https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=25749&LangLa=E Cited Jun 25, 2021.

Wood L, Baumler E, Schrag RV, Guillot-Wright S, Hairston D, Temple J, et al. “Don’t Know where to Go for Help”: Safety and Economic Needs among Violence Survivors during the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Fam Violence. 2021 Jan 4;1–9.

Muldoon KA, Denize KM, Talarico R, Fell DB, Sobiesiak A, Heimerl M, et al. COVID-19 pandemic and violence: rising risks and decreasing urgent care-seeking for sexual assault and domestic violence survivors. BMC Med. 2021 Feb 5;19:20.

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Derderian C, Easterday A, Driscoll D, Ramaswamy S. Trends and Challenges in Rural Homeless Veterans in the United States. Int J Med Students. 2021 May-Jun;9(2):117-23.

Johnson M, Seide W, Green-Dixon A, Randall V. Black Students’ Perception of Belonging: A Focus Group Approach with Black Students at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Int J Med Students. 2021 May-Jun;9(2):124-8.

Santos GC, Almeida RCd, Reinaldo WV, Rocha Oliveira F, Schofield S, Santos RC, et al. Prevalence and Progression of Ametropias in Medical Students. Int J Med Students. 2021 May-Jun;9(2):112-6.

Thomas A, Shenoy MT, Shenoy KT, George N. Glucometers for Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Are they helpful? Int J Med Students. 2021 May-Jun;9(2):140-4.

Somal K, Foley T. A Literature Review of Possible Barriers and Knowledge Gaps of General Practitioners in Implementing Advance Care Planning in Ireland: Experience from Other Countries. Int J Med Students. 2021 May-Jun;9(2):145-9.

Diebel S, Boissonneault E. A Pan-Canadian Narrative Review on the Protocols for COVID-19 and Canadian Emergency Departments. Int J Med Students. 2021 May-Jun;9(2):157-61.

Raja, AKF, Raja, MHR, Ashfaq, M. The Experience and Perplexities of the COVID-19 Situation in Pakistan. Int J Med Students. 2021 May-Jun;9(1):171-3.

Brownlee, HC. Is There A Doctor Onboard?. Int J Med Students. May-Jun;9(2):174-5.

Blignaut M. Reflection of a Second Year Medical Student: Navigating Medical School with Chronic Illness. Int J Med Students. 2021 May-Jun;9(2):176-7.

Schukow CP. Letter to the Editor Regarding “The Vigil of Medicine”. Int J Med Students. 2021 May-Jun;9(2):178-9.

Bangura A, Shuler T, Wright L, Lake A. Spinal Cord Injury Induced Osteoporosis: Case Report and Current Literature. Int J Med Students. 2021 May-Jun;9(2):162-6.

Compton E, Geller DH, Vidmar AP. al. Familial Hyperinsulinism due to HNF4A Deficiency and Benign Premature Adrenarche: A Case Report. Int J Med Students. 2021 May-Jun;9(2):167-70.

Bonilla-Escobar FJ. Leadership and Health: The Scientific Journal’s Mission of Spreading Science in Times of Pandemic. Int J Med Students. 2020 Jan-Apr;8(1):9-10.

Ryan PM. More than a Manuscript: The International Journal of Medical Students as an Educational Institution. Int J Med Students. 2021 May-Jun;9(2):108-9.



How to Cite

Pustake, M., Egan, C., & Kumar, A. A. (2021). Unmasking the Healthcare Issues Slipping through the Cracks during the Pandemic. International Journal of Medical Students, 9(2), 110–111. https://doi.org/10.5195/ijms.2021.1032





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