Advances in anesthesia education: increasing access and collaboration in medical education, from E-learning to telesimulation

Curr Opin Anaesthesiol. 2020 Dec;33(6):800-807. doi: 10.1097/ACO.0000000000000931.


Purpose of review: The landscape of medical education continues to evolve. Educators and learners must stay informed on current medical literature, in addition to focusing efforts on current educational trends and evidence-based methods. The present review summarizes recent advancements in anesthesiology education, specifically highlighting trends in e-learning and telesimulation, and identifies possible future directions for the field.

Recent findings: Websites and online platforms continue to be a primary source of educational content; top websites are more likely to utilize standardized editorial processes. Podcasts and videocasts are important tools desired by learners for asynchronous education. Social media has been utilized to enhance the reach and visibility of journal articles, and less often as a primary educational venue; its efficacy in comparison with other e-learning platforms has not been adequately evaluated. Telesimulation can effectively disseminate practical techniques and clinical knowledge sharing, extending the capabilities of simulation beyond previous restrictions in geography, space, and available expertise.

Summary: E-learning has changed the way anesthesiology learners acquire knowledge, expanding content and curricula available and promoting international collaboration. More work should be done to expand the principles of accessible and collaborative education to psychomotor and cognitive learning via telesimulation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anesthesia*
  • Anesthesiology / education*
  • Anesthesiology / trends
  • Computer-Assisted Instruction*
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Medical / methods*
  • Humans
  • Learning
  • Simulation Training / methods*