Virtual postgraduate orthopaedic practical examination: a pilot model

Postgrad Med J. 2020 Oct 3;postgradmedj-2020-138726. doi: 10.1136/postgradmedj-2020-138726. Online ahead of print.


COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the delivery of medical education, training and examination schedule across the world both at undergraduate and at postgraduate (PG) levels. The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 outbreak has resulted in the cancellation of traditional in-person meetings and clinical examination assessments, learning and education activities because of concern of viral transmission. Various medical universities, Royal Medical and Surgical Colleges in the UK have suspended delivery of qualifying examinations until they can be resumed safely with updated social distancing guidelines. This article evaluates the role and the possibility of virtual PG practical examination template based on authors' own recent experience of conducting successful virtual practical PG orthopaedic qualifying examinations during the COVID-19 pandemic in New Delhi, India. Advances in telecommunication technology can enable academic institution and orthopaedic educators to develop such a model and act as a blueprint for the future.

Keywords: Medical education & training.