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Survey on the need for an interactive e-Learning platform for ENT residents
Objective Interactive - e-learning - platforms may replace the classical textbook in the future. Such media have the possible advantage of including video and audio files in a more comprehensive way, but ENT-specific platforms do not currently exist. So far, the actual needs and wishes of ENT residents are unclear and may be affected by the so called digital revolution.
Material and methods An online survey was carried out addressing all ENT residents in Germany known to the German society of oto-rhino-laryngology, head and neck surgery. A 17-items survey was developed by ENT doctors receiving and providing training and distributed by e-mail. The survey was available to answer in April and May 2019
Results A total of 150 out of 671 ENT specialists and residents took part in the study. Of these, 80 % were residents and 20 % were ENT specialists. 63-80 % of the respondents already use online media in general at work, in preparation for the ENT specialist examination, for training purposes and for support as a clinician. 92-95 % of the participants indicated the willingness to use an interactive platform for their ENT specialist examination preparation and further training. On average, e-learning media are used by the responders to prepare for the ENT specialist examination or in clinical everyday life and for further training 108 or 130 min/week. The desire for surgical instruction videos is also very high.
Conclusion There is a high demand for a structured e-learning-platform especially for ENT. An interactive e-learning-platform would ensure, supplement and support qualified education and training.
Article published online:
10 June 2020
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