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Perspectives on the transition to remote learning: a window to the future?
Poster Title: Perspectives on the transition to remote learning: a window to the future?
Submitted on 29 Oct 2020
Author(s): Dr Jonathan Mayhew, Dr Robert Wise, Dr Heiko Peschl
Affiliations: Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
This poster was presented at BIR Annual Congress 2020
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Abstract: Small group learning forms an integral part of postgraduate radiology education, and is a key method of formal teaching as described in the RCR Curriculum(1). Following the seismic societal changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, radiology training has fundamentally changed to conform with the restrictions placed on close social interaction(2). In our training scheme the rapid uptake of video conferencing software has become critical to the continuation of training.
However, the impact of this sudden unplanned change on the quality of learning has not been established. The aim of this work is to try to understand how the transition to remote learning has impacted both the quality of trainees’ learning as well as the efforts of trainers to deliver effective teaching. The first arm of the project involves a short anonymous survey distributed to all radiology trainees in our training scheme to gauge the perceived influence it has had on their learning. The second arm of the project involves a series of semi-structured interviews with radiology trainers who frequently use remote teaching methods in order to understand how remote delivery has changed the way they teach, and if they think it has impacted the quality of the teaching they can deliver. The survey has now closed, and analysis of the results is underway. We hope that the results can be used to provide context for decisions about modes of future training delivery.
Summary: How has the transition to remote learning in the wake of COVID-19 impacted radiology training? This project uses data gathered from trainees as well as consultants to discover the impact remote learning has had on radiology training.References: 1. Royal College of Radiologists. Clinical Radiology Specialty Training Curriculum [Internet]. 2020 [cited 2020 Jul 10]. Available from:
2. Alvin MD, George E, Deng F, Warhadpande S, Lee SI. The Impact of COVID-19 on Radiology Trainees. Radiology. 2020 Aug;296(2):246–8.
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