Medical Education during the COVID-19 Pandemic; is E-learning a Precursor to a New Blended Education System?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has swiftly spread over the world, prompting the World Health Organization (WHO) to designate it a pandemic on March 11, 2020. This pandemic, which brought about significant changes in many facets of our life, had enormous consequences for the worldwide population, health-care systems, economy, and education. The advice to maintain tight social distance led to the closure of educational institutions, and online education has become the primary mode of instruction across the world. Turkey, meanwhile, has chosen to commence online schooling on March 23, 2020. However, medical education, which has traditionally depended on face-to-face learning and laboratory skills more than other fields, has found this to be a challenge. Furthermore, because this transaction took place swiftly, there were issues with technological tools and time management. We looked at the differences between public and private institutions, as well as the perspectives of students from both types of medical schools on online education and how successful it is in medical education during this time of crisis. via use of a self-administered surveyThis poll revealed that students have varied viewpoints on online education, but regardless of whether they attend a public or private institution, many students are dissatisfied with their online education. However, after the COVID-19 issue, students from public universities appear to be more likely to desire to study online, whilst students from foundation/private institutions appear to prefer to return to face-to-face education. Because the situation is still developing, it is too early to say if a new co-education system will emerge, incorporating both face-to-face and online classes, or whether it is necessary to resort to conventional ways if online learning fails.

Author(s) Details:

Huseyin Akyol,
Department of General Surgery, School of Medicine, Bahcelievler Medical Park Hospital, Altinbas University, Istanbul, Turkey.

Berrin Erok,
Department of Radiology, University of Health Sciences, Prof. Dr. Cemil Tascioglu City Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey.

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