Radiology residents’ perception of working and training from home during COVID-19 pandemic
Keywords:trainees' perception, work and teach from home
Background: The spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID19) pandemic disrupted the personal and professional lives of many throughout the world. To combat the adverse effect of the virus, Addis Ababa University introduced an online teaching/learning method to reduce the physical engagement of faculty members and residency trainees; a major shift in the history of the countryâ€™s oldest and largest university.
Objectives: Thist study attempts to understand how trainees managed to cope up with the sudden changes in teaching/learning system, assess the ensuing satisfaction with the new method of teaching/learning, and draw important lessons that must be either sustained or treated in the aftermath of the pandemic.
Methods: Descriptive research design was adopted and analysis of variance (ANNOVA) and T-tests were used to test hypotheses. Analysis of data collected from 58 radiology residency program trainees found that, the residents appreciated the participatory nature of the newly introduced online learning method.
Results: The results showed that residents have accepted the new teaching/learning method and are satisfied with it. Furthermore, tests of hypotheses reveals that there is no significant difference in level of satisfaction between female and male residents as well as throughout the three levels of radiology residency training.
Conclusion: Poor internet network, reduced in-person mentoring, failure to make engaging discussions due to large number of participants, and neglect of practical aspects of trainings were identified as major bottlenecks to sustain the new system in the aftermath of the pandemic.
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