Virtual Compared to In-Person Obstetric Anesthesiology Trainee Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Short Report. Cureus Fedoruk, K., Abir, G., Carvalho, B. 2022; 14 (6): e26423


BACKGROUND: The COVID-19 pandemic brought many changes to medical training, including in-person education platforms being disbanded and replaced with virtual education. At our institution, dedicated obstetric anesthesiology teaching for residents and fellows occurs daily and is highly valued and rated. In March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we changed the teaching platform from in-person to virtual teaching (via video communication). We subsequently surveyed residents, fellows, and attendings to determine the impact of virtual compared with in-person teaching.METHODS: To assess the impact of this change, an electronic survey was sent to 10 anesthesiology residents on their 2nd obstetric anesthesiology rotation, and 10 residents on their 1st rotation, respectively. The electronic survey was also sent to three fellows and eight obstetric anesthesiology attendings. Answers were based on a 5-point Likert scale (1 = strongly disagree, 5 = strongly agree).RESULTS: The results for 1st rotation residents were higher in all domains compared with 2nd rotation residents and fellows, where "quality" achieved statistical significance (p=0.009) between 1st and 2nd rotation residents. "Engagement" was overall the most impacted domain for trainees. Attendings did not feel that virtual teaching impacted their ability to provide adequate education, however, learner engagement was again the lowest rated domain, and teachers strongly favored resuming in-person teaching.CONCLUSIONS: Virtual teaching is an appropriate alternative when in-person teaching is not possible. Future initiatives are needed to improve engagement and better facilitate virtual teaching.

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