Impact of COVID-19 on medical education: introducing homo digitalis

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PURPOSE: To determine how members of the Société Internationale d'Urologie (SIU) are continuing their education in the time of COVID-19.

METHODS: A survey was disseminated amongst SIU members worldwide by email. Results were analyzed to examine the influence of age, practice region and settings on continuing medical education (CME) of the respondents.

RESULTS: In total, 2494 respondents completed the survey. Internet searching was the most common method of CME (76%; all ps < 0.001), followed by searching journals and textbook including the online versions (62%; all ps < 0.001). Overall, 6% of the respondents reported no time/interest for CME during the pandemic. Although most urologists report using only one platform for their CME (26.6%), the majority reported using ≥ 2 platforms, with approximately 10% of the respondents using up to 5 different platforms. Urologists < 40 years old were more likely to use online literature (69%), podcasts/AV media (38%), online CME courses/webinars (40%), and social media (39%). There were regional variations in the CME modality used but no significant difference in the number of methods by region. There was no significant difference in responses between urologists in academic/public hospitals or private practice.

CONCLUSION: During COVID-19, urologists have used web-based learning for their CME. Internet learning and literature were the top frequently cited learning methods. Younger urologists are more likely to use all forms of digital learning methods, while older urologists prefer fewer methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalWorld Journal of Urology
Early online dateAug 29 2020
StateE-pub ahead of print - Aug 29 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors would also like to acknowledge support from SIU Central Office, including Merveille de Souza, Carrie Thompson, Melissa St-Onge, Susie Petrusa, as well as Christine Albino, for medical writing and editorial support, and Michael Barlev for statistical support.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020, Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature.


  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus
  • Medical education
  • Online learning
  • Social media
  • Urology


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