Year: 2022 | Month: April | Volume 1 | Issue 1
Perception of Anaesthesiology Residents about the Effectiveness of Online Learning: An Exploratory Observational Study
Introduction: COVID-19 pandemic has posed the biggest threat to international health in a way that had never been seen before. Due to the risk of viral transmission during in-person training, a shift toward online platforms is imperative in the current pandemic. Therefore, we compared the effectiveness of an online vs traditional method of teaching from post graduate anaesthesiologist’s student’s perspective. Methods: The study consisted of a survey where questions were generated online in Google forms to find out the perceptions of the students towards online learning and were circulated to a total of 151 residents and anaesthesiologists from different hospitals. They were asked to rate the statements using the Likert scales. The questionnaire was divided into three sections, the first section contains participant consent, the second section contains participant demographics, clinical experience and the third section, was sub divided into subsections and contained logically sequenced questions. Results: A significant difference was found in learning objectives and satisfaction scores, skill acquisition, doubts clarification, concept building, interaction with students, teachers in offline vs online groups of medical students (P value <0.00001), except in assessment (p value 0.842). Conclusion: The abrupt transition of the medical educational system from traditional face-to-face teaching to online teaching was an urgent necessity. However, it has imposed a number of challenges that must be overcome in order to prevent the educational process from collapsing. A more holistic approach is required, taking into account the mental impact of COVID-19 on students and improving digital platform technology.
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