Document Type : original article

Authors

1 Assistant of Pediatric, Pediatric department, Bahrami Children’s Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

2 Assistant professor of pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric department, Bahrami Children’s Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

3 Assistant professor of pediatric endocrinology and Metabolism, Pediatric department, Bahrami Children’s Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

4 Community Medicine Specialist, School of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

5 Tehran University of Medical Sciences

Abstract

Introduction: Morning reports were held virtual after the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the world and Iran. We used the Skyroom platform,which was not used previously. The novelty of this method caused us to evaluate the learners' opinions about the advantages and disadvantages of the virtual method compared to the classic face-to-face one.

Methods: This was a descriptive-analytical cross-sectional study during 2021.The population were the interns and residents of Pediatrics. Their opinions were assessed through a questionnaire at Bahrami Children's Hospitals, Children’s Medical Center, and Valiasr Hospitals in Tehran regarding both methods of holding the morning report. The questionnaire was distributed and completed in a period of 6 months in 2021.

Results: A total of one hundred and twelve interns and residents were included. According to them, the virtual method had a higher score in terms of increasing information technology skills and easier interpretation of the paraclinical results. The advantages of the virtual method were: no need for physical presence, availability, ease of use of the application, time-saving and better prevention and protection of COVID-19. The only disadvantage of this method was the occasional low-quality of audio and video. Also, in the virtual method, the possibility of participating in the discussion was less. More than half of the participants wanted to hold face-to-face meetings with the possibility of virtual participation in the future.

Conclusion: Virtual training platforms have been able to eliminate some of the face-to-face training problems. Online morning reports can be a satisfactory complement to face-to-face ones.

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