Impact of SARS-COV-2 pandemic on medical education: "compulsory" migration for elearning modality, preliminary insights from medical education managers

Authors

  • Luiz Fernando Quintanilha Faculdade de Medicina, Centro Universitário UniFTC; Universidade Salvador (UNIFACS). Salvador, Bahia, Brasil. http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8911-9806
  • Katia de Miranda Avena Faculdade de Medicina, Centro Universitário UniFTC. Salvador, Bahia, Brasil http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2179-3893
  • Lucélia Batista Neves Cunha Magalhães Faculdade de Medicina, Centro Universitário UniFTC. Salvador, Bahia, Brasil http://orcid.org/0000-0003-2881-7402
  • Bruno de Bezerril Andrade Faculdade de Medicina, Centro Universitário UniFTC; Universidade Salvador (UNIFACS); Escola Bahiana de Medicina e Saúde Pública (EBMSP); Instituto Gonçalo Moniz, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz. Salvador, Bahia, Brasil. http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6833-3811

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17267/2594-7907ijhe.v5i1.3288

Keywords:

Coronavirus. eLearning. Medical Education.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic affected the educational models offered in medical courses. In this context, with the authorization to offer courses remotely, there is an unprecedented acceleration in the migration from the traditional model to the eLearning model, which was already occurring gradually in the Brazilian higher education system. Due to the social isolation to face the crisis, this model is being applied in full in many Higher-educational institutions (HEIs) in the country and may have repercussions on methodological changes in medical education. OBJECTIVES: To discuss the impact of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic on medical education, analyzing the migration to eLearning Modality. METHOD: A reflection was made from management meetings at two private universities based on the authors' experience in medical education management. RESULTS: The global pandemic context has impacted teaching within the scope of students, professors, and HEIs. The high investments in the migration of the teaching model and the high dropout rate have impacted the suspension of contracts for teachers from private HEIs. The inequality of technological access, unsuitable environments, and the poor quality of telephony/internet in the country can impact on academic performance. CONCLUSIONS: It is undeniable that medical education is suffering a profound transformation by this global health crisis. However, it is too early to say with certainty the size of this impact. In the future, it will be necessary to adapt the concept of evidence-based medical education to assess the practical repercussions of this pandemic in medical education.

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Published

2021-04-29

How to Cite

Quintanilha, L. F., Avena, K. de M., Magalhães, L. B. N. C., & Andrade, B. de B. (2021). Impact of SARS-COV-2 pandemic on medical education: "compulsory" migration for elearning modality, preliminary insights from medical education managers. International Journal of Education and Health, 5(1), 119–125. https://doi.org/10.17267/2594-7907ijhe.v5i1.3288

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Experience Reports