The challenges of "continuing medical education" in a pandemic era

Ann Acad Med Singap. 2009 Aug;38(8):724-6.


Closure of medical schools or the barring of "live patient" contact during an epidemic or pandemic is potentially disruptive to medical education. During the SARS epidemic, the use of web-based learning, role play, video vignettes and both live and mannequin-based simulated patients minimised disruptions to medical education. This article examines the pedagogical innovations that allow clinical teaching to continue without medical students examining actual patients, and proposes a contingency plan in the event of future outbreaks that may necessitate similar containment measures.

MeSH terms

  • Decision Trees
  • Disease Outbreaks / prevention & control*
  • Education, Medical, Continuing*
  • Global Health
  • Humans
  • Infection Control / methods*
  • Influenza A Virus, H1N1 Subtype
  • Influenza A Virus, H5N1 Subtype
  • Internet
  • Teaching*