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Medical Hematology/Oncology Fellows' Perceptions of Online Medical Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
J Cancer Educ. 2020 10; 35(5):1034-1040.JC

Abstract

In response to the COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, residency and fellowship programs transitioned to virtual instruction to deliver didactics and continue with medical education. The efficacy of such a fully online learning environment, however, remains unknown. To investigate its impact on medical education, this study surveyed hematology/oncology fellows at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center on their attitudes regarding the online-based lecture program. Fellows were emailed a 19-question survey with questions on demographics, ease of technical access to the online platform, level of comfort with participation, knowledge acquisition, wellness, and COVID-19-specific coverage. A free-text question soliciting ways to improve upon online learning was also included. The response rate was 71% (30/42). Most respondents reported easy/very easy accessibility to the online environment. Seventy-seven percent of the participants did not experience a technical issue. Seventy percent felt comfortable/very comfortable with participating in the conference. Thirty-seven percent felt comfortable/very comfortable with actively offering an answer to questions during the interactive board review session. Eighty-seven percent would have been more willing to offer an answer during the board review session if an anonymous poll format was utilized. Sixty-three percent felt they learned the same amount as they typically do during an in-person session. Thirty-three percent reported they were less focused as compared with an in-person session. One hundred percent of the participants had their questions answered, either at all times (87%) or sometimes (13%). Sixty percent experienced a change in social interactions as compared with an in-person session. Fifty-four percent reported that it was easy/very to balance online attendance despite personal/family commitments. One hundred percent appreciated the flexibility of the online learning environment. Ninety percent felt safer at home attending these lectures compared with receiving these lectures in-person during the COVID-19 pandemic. Overall, most fellows felt comfortable with the transition to a fully online learning environment. Strategies to encourage active participation, enhance social interaction, and provide additional flexibility are still needed.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1400 Holcombe Blvd., FC11.3055, Houston, TX, 77030, USA. eksinghi@mdanderson.org.Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1400 Holcombe Blvd., FC11.3055, Houston, TX, 77030, USA.Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1400 Holcombe Blvd., FC11.3055, Houston, TX, 77030, USA.Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1400 Holcombe Blvd., FC11.3055, Houston, TX, 77030, USA.Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1400 Holcombe Blvd., FC11.3055, Houston, TX, 77030, USA.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

32888144

Citation

Singhi, Eric K., et al. "Medical Hematology/Oncology Fellows' Perceptions of Online Medical Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic." Journal of Cancer Education : the Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Education, vol. 35, no. 5, 2020, pp. 1034-1040.
Singhi EK, Dupuis MM, Ross JA, et al. Medical Hematology/Oncology Fellows' Perceptions of Online Medical Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Cancer Educ. 2020;35(5):1034-1040.
Singhi, E. K., Dupuis, M. M., Ross, J. A., Rieber, A. G., & Bhadkamkar, N. A. (2020). Medical Hematology/Oncology Fellows' Perceptions of Online Medical Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of Cancer Education : the Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Education, 35(5), 1034-1040. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13187-020-01863-6
Singhi EK, et al. Medical Hematology/Oncology Fellows' Perceptions of Online Medical Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Cancer Educ. 2020;35(5):1034-1040. PubMed PMID: 32888144.
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