Optimizing e-learning in oncology during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond

Radiat Oncol J. 2021 Mar;39(1):1-7. doi: 10.3857/roj.2020.00710. Epub 2020 Dec 14.


The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has profoundly impacted cancer care, research and residency training in oncology worldwide. Many countries canceled exams, shortened their residency program and medical school tenure. Traditional teaching and learning method has faced significant disruption during this time and the situation has pushed us to adapt to e-learning. Most national and international cancer meetings were converted into a virtual platform during this time. E-learning ensures a safe environment to maintain education during a pandemic. Digital technology-based learning is likely to be used effectively in oncology training even after the pandemic ends. Stakeholders should work towards standardizing e-learning into routine educational modules and create a system of credibility and accountability.

Keywords: COVID-19; Learning; Medical education; Oncology; Pandemics.