Keep calm and carry on learning: using Microsoft Teams to deliver a medical education programme during the COVID-19 pandemic

Future Healthc J. 2020 Oct;7(3):e67-e70. doi: 10.7861/fhj.2020-0071.


The outbreak of COVID-19 in the UK in March 2020 required a radical remodelling of the medical workforce at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust to prepare for the anticipated surge of hospital admissions. The provision of relevant teaching and training was immediately identified as a priority, particularly for staff due to work outside their regular medical specialty. Rather than deliver face-to-face teaching, doctors at the Trust utilised Microsoft Teams, an online communications and collaboration platform, to deliver a multi-disciplinary Trust-wide education programme responsive to the needs of surveyed medical staff. To date members of 18 departments across the Trust have delivered 51 virtual teaching sessions which have been viewed 3,814 times. During this pandemic the virtual education programme has facilitated rapid dissemination of new information and provided a platform for discussion and unity amongst colleagues with overwhelmingly positive feedback from both learners and teachers.

Keywords: COVID-19; medical education; teaching.