Challenges, collaboration, and innovation in rheumatology education during the COVID-19 pandemic: leveraging new ways to teach

Anisha B. Dua*, Adam Kilian, Rebecca Grainger, Sarah A. Fantus, Zachary S. Wallace, Frank Buttgereit, Beth L. Jonas

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Abstract

The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has significantly impacted the field of rheumatology, in both the delivery of clinical care and didactic education for our trainees. These changes have generated significant strain for program directors and clinical educators who have had to leverage technology and develop new systems to ensure continued trainee education and assessment. We aim to outline the impacts on formal education programs presented by these unprecedented disruptions, describe the development and deployment of online teaching, reflect on the challenges and opportunities for technology-enabled learning and use of social media for education, and give some international perspectives on impacts on postgraduate rheumatology training outside the USA. With the rapid dissolution of barriers in place during the pre-COVID-19 era, we have the opportunity to assess the efficacy of new methods of care and further integrate technology into teaching and assessment. We propose that a hybrid in-person and technology-enabled learning approach, so-called blended learning, is likely to remain the most desirable future model for supporting trainee learning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3535-3541
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Rheumatology
Volume39
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2020

Keywords

  • COVID19
  • Fellowship
  • Medical education
  • Technology-enabled education
  • Virtual learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology

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