Survey of Social Media Use for Surgical Education During Covid-19

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Survey of Social Media Use for Surgical Education During Covid-19


JournalJournal of the society of laparoscopic & robotic surgeons
Article typeJournal research article – Clinical research
Publication date – Jan – 2021
Authors – Diego Laurentino Lima , Raquel Nogueira Cordeiro Laurentino Lima , Dyego Benevenuto , Thiers Soares Raymundo , Phillip P Shadduck, Juliana Melo Bianchi , Flavio Malcher
Keywordscovid-19, Medical education, medical students, Pandemic, Resident, social media, surgical education, Virtual learning
Open access – Yes
SpecialitySurgical Education
World region Global

Language – English
Submitted to the One Surgery Index on January 30, 2021 at 7:22 am
Abstract:

Objective: To evaluate the use of social media platforms by medical students, surgical trainees, and practicing surgeons for surgical education during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Methods: An online, 15-question survey was developed and posted on Facebook and WhatsApp closed surgeon groups.

Results: The online survey was completed by 219 participants from South America (87%), North America (7%), Europe (5%), Central America, and Asia. Respondents included medical students (6.4%), surgical residents/fellows (24.2%), and practicing surgeons (69.4%). The most common age group was 35-44 years. When asked which social media platforms they preferred, the video sharing site YouTube (33.3%), the messaging app WhatsApp (21%), and “other” (including videoconferencing sites) (22.3%) were most popular. Respondents reported using social media for surgical education either daily (38.4%) or weekly (45.2%), for an average of 1-5 hours/week. Most (85%) opined that surgical conferences that were cancelled during the pandemic should be made available online, with live discussions.

Conclusion: Social media use for surgical education during Covid-19 appears to be increasing and evolving.

OSI Number – 20908

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