Impact of CVID-19 pandemic in radiology residency training of Ethiopia
Keywords:COVID-19, Impact, Radiology, residency
Introduction: Radiology practices are facing unprecedented challenges during COVID-19 pandemic not only in how they are providing care to patients but also in how to continue to educate the next generation of radiologists. Education is one of the area challenged markedly by the pandemic. This survey is mainly trying to analyses the impact of COVID 19 on radiology residency in Ethiopia and look into alternative innovative options that radiology departments are using in order to maintain the trainging program.
Methodology; an online survey was distributed through a social media platform to all radiology resident trainees. Questionnaire contains learning and teaching activities before and after COVID 19 pandemic.
Result: Of the total 211 radiology residents who are training radiology residency in Ethiopia 119 residents fulfilled the inclusion criteria, Of which 93 (78.2%) are males and 26 (21.8%) are female. Nearly half 52(43.3%) of residents are in their third year, while 45(37.5%), and 21(17.5%) in their second and first year of training resoectively. Seminar and daily image viewing sessions are the most common ways of radiology teaching activities accounting for 93.3% and 91.6% respectively. More than half (50.4%) of respondents state that the activities are compromised with some activities replaced by alternative models. Use of open source video conferencing (74.4%) is the most commonly used alternative method.
Conclusion and Recommendation:COVID-19 pandemic dictates that traditional ways of teaching which mandates face-to-face discussions will no more be the choice so using alternative methods should be encouraged.
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