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

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

Abstract

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*