Perceptions of online surgical-focused learning amongst surgeons during the COVID pandemic: A scoping review 2020-22.

Perceptions of online surgical-focused learning amongst surgeons during the COVID pandemic: A scoping review 2020-22.

Publication date: Apr 01, 2024

During the COVID pandemic many centres adopted e-learning as a tool to adhere to social distancing recommendations while continuing to provide ongoing postgraduate medical education. We aimed to complete this scoping review in order to map experience and perceptions amongst surgeons and surgical trainees to remote learning during the COVID pandemic. Using Arksey and O’Malley’s five step model for conducting a scoping review, a systematic search strategy was undertaken across three online databases SCOPUS, MEDLINE and Web of Science. Only original articles in English in the field of postgraduate education in surgery were included. 44 studies were selected for review. Of these 44, 21 were studies of perception of a newly developed e-learning tool/platform. 17 were surveys of surgeon’s attitudes towards e-learning during the COVID pandemic. The remaining 6 studies were studies of knowledge or skills acquired through new e-learning, which included a survey of experience. The United States was the most common country of origin with General Surgery the most represented surgical speciality. Response rates across all three study subgroups were on average >60%. Surgeon’s experience of e-learning was reported in only positive terms in 86% (n = 38/44) of studies. This paper is informative in that it focuses specifically on surgeons’ perceptions of a e-learning tools used in addition to skills or knowledge gained. Positive e-learning experience reported in these studies may lead to more blended learning curriculums being developed, deployed and evaluated going forward.

Concepts Keywords
English COVID
Pandemic COVID-19
Science Curriculum
Surgeons E-learning
Education, Distance
Humans
Pandemics
Surgeons
Surgeons
United States

Semantics

Type Source Name
disease MESH COVID-19
disease IDO country

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