Resident Experiences With Virtual Education During the COVID-19 Crisis

Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery (06/08/21) Yu, Jenny L.; Cho, Daniel Y.; DeSanti, Rebecca L.; et al.

New research highlights how videoconferences have become a useful form of resident education during the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers questioned two dozen plastic surgery residents about their experiences with virtual education videoconferences during the pandemic. Resident awareness of available virtual educational opportunities was highest for a weekly plastic surgery residency educational conference, multi-institutional ground rounds, American Society for Plastic Surgery Virtual Grand Rounds, and Aesthetic Surgery Journal Virtual Grand Rounds. More than 10 weekly hours of virtual education lectures were available to residents, all of whom attended a mix of administrative, social, and educational videoconferences. The average number of total weekly videoconferences attended by residents declined significantly during the pandemic, as did total plastic surgery-related virtual educational meeting engagement. Clinical duties and burnout symptoms including forgetfulness and fatigue from online lectures were the primary reasons for falling attendance. An enhanced Maslach Burnout Inventory found that residents were cultivating negative associations with virtual conferences, with 88 percent saying the number of virtual activities contributed to occasional or frequent feelings of burnout. Yet a majority supported continuing videoconferences after social distancing ends, with an average recommended number of 1.32 per week. Based on their findings, the authors conclude that virtual lectures should be considered adjuncts to current educational curricula.

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