Application of E-learning to Adapt Medical Education during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Experience of a Developing Country

Document Type : Short Communication

Authors

1 Department of Medical Education, School of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran

2 Department of Community Medicine, School of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Science, Mashhad, Iran

10.22038/fmej.2022.59897.1426

Abstract

Background: The COVID-19 pandemic has created significant challenges in medical education. The traditional educational model was accepted as a gold standard before COVID-19. However, in the context of the pandemic, it is necessary to provide educational programs through e-learning emphasizing effective interactions.
Method: In this study, an attempt has been made to examine the experience of Mashhad University of Medical Sciences regarding adaptation in training medical students and residents in the face of COVID-19 pandemic, emphasizing maintaining the safety of students, residents, faculty members, and patients.
Results: In the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Faculty of Medicine of Mashhad University of Medical Sciences used novel methods, including the flipped classroom, virtual classes, electronic educational materials, and telehealth clinics. In addition, virtual education was conducted with students'/residents' involvement by holding morning report/case reports/virtual club journal meetings jointly and in collaboration with various training groups. In total, 9638 electronic educational content and 1648 webinar sessions were implemented. Other approaches carried out during the pandemic were planning electronic assessments and conducting online tests.
Conclusion: Education with digital technologies and e-learning facilities can partially fill the educational gap in conditions like the COVID-19 pandemic.

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