Vascular e-Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic: The EL-COVID Survey

Nikolaos Patelis, Theodosios Bisdas, Zaiping Jing, Jiaxuan Feng, Matthias Trenner, Nyityasmono Tri Nugroho, Paulo Eduardo Ocke Reis, Stephane Elkouri, Alexandre Lecis, Lamisse Karam, Dirk Le Roux, Mihai Ionac, Marton Berczeli, Vincent Jongkind, Kak Khee Yeung, Athanasios Katsargyris, Efthymios Avgerinos, Demetrios Moris, Andrew Choong, Jun Jie NgIvan Cvjetko, George A. Antoniou, Phil Ghibu, Alexei Svetlikov, Fernando Gallardo Pedrajas, Harm Ebben, Hubert Stepak, Andrii Chornuy, Sviatoslav Kostiv, Stefano Ancetti, Niki Tadayon, Akli Mekkar, Leonid Magnitskiy, Liliana Fidalgo-Domingos, Sean Matheiken, Eduardo Sebastian Sarutte Rosello, Arda Isik, Georgios Kirkilesis, Kyriaki Kakavia, Sotirios Georgopoulos

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Background: The corona virus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has radically changed the possibilities for vascular surgeons and trainees to exchange knowledge and experience. The aim of the present survey is to inventorize the e-learning needs of vascular surgeons and trainees as well as the strengths and weaknesses of vascular e-Learning. Methods: An online survey consisting of 18 questions was created in English, with a separate bilingual English-Mandarin version. The survey was dispersed to vascular surgeons and trainees worldwide through social media and via direct messaging from June 15, 2020 to October 15, 2020. Results: Eight hundred and fifty-six records from 84 different countries could be included. Most participants attended several online activities (>4: n = 461, 54%; 2–4: n = 300, 35%; 1: n = 95, 11%) and evaluated online activities as positive or very positive (84.7%). In deciding upon participation, the topic of the activity was most important (n = 440, 51.4%), followed by the reputation of the presenter or the panel (n = 178, 20.8%), but not necessarily receiving accreditation or certification (n = 52, 6.1%). The survey identified several shortcomings in vascular e-Learning during the pandemic: limited possibility to attend due to lack of time and increased workload (n = 432, 50.5%), no protected/allocated time (n = 488, 57%) and no accreditation or certification, while technical shortcomings were only a minor problem (n = 25, 2.9%). Conclusions: During the COVID-19 pandemic vascular e-Learning has been used frequently and was appreciated by vascular professionals from around the globe. The survey identified strengths and weaknesses in current e-Learning that can be used to further improve online learning in vascular surgery.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-70
Number of pages8
JournalAnnals of Vascular Surgery
Early online date2021
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021

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