E-learning in Surgical Education: Experience from the Department of Surgery, Addis Ababa University

Yonas Teferi
Addis Ababa University, College of Health Sciences, School of Medicine, Department of Surgery
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  • Submited: July 28, 2021
  • Published: January 1, 2022


Background: E-learning, or electronic learning, is the delivery of learning and training through digital resources. The department of Surgery, School of Medicine, Addis Ababa University, has recently been using digital E-learning strategies to supplement traditional methods of clinical teaching. This study was conducted to assess our clinical medical students' opinions, interests, and access to e-learning strategies.

Methods: This was a cross-sectional study conducted on 171 clinical year 1 and 2 medical students between June 1 and 15, 2021. Data were collected anonymously by an online survey method using a 15-item structured questionnaire. Data were analyzed using nonparametric statistical methods with the help of SPSS software package 26. Results: Most, 162 (95%) medical students confirmed e-learning methods as very helpful and informative. A significant proportion, 147 (89.1%) of the students participating in the survey own a personal computer and the majority, 142 (83.1%) have basic ICT (Information, Communication, and Technology) skills. However, 57 (33.3%) of the respondents reported not having free Internet access on their personal computers.

Conclusions: The results of our survey showed that most medical students are very interested in E-learning as one modality of teaching and learning. Most students have personal computers at their disposal and have the skill set to use these devices. However, not all of them have access to free and fast Internet service.


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How to Cite
Teferi, Y., & Zerihun, A. (2022). E-learning in Surgical Education: Experience from the Department of Surgery, Addis Ababa University. Ethiopian Medical Journal, 60(01). Retrieved from https://emjema.org/index.php/EMJ/article/view/1957

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