Expansion of telehealth curriculum: National survey of clinical education leaders

Bonnie T. Jortberg, Gary L. Beck Dallaghan, Dawnelle Schatte, Jennifer Christner, Michael S. Ryan

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Abstract

Introduction: In response to the COVID pandemic and the rapid changes in delivery of and education on telehealth services, the Research Committee of the Alliance of Clinical Education (ACE) surveyed its multidisciplinary group of medical educators to determine how telehealth was being taught pre-COVID versus during-COVID. Methods: An online survey was developed by the ACE Research Committee and sent via email to the ACE delegation. The objective of the survey was to determine changes in telehealth curriculum for medical students due to the rapid transition to telehealth, and the barriers for developing and delivering a telehealth curriculum. Results: Forty-nine percent of recipients (31/63) responded representing eight different disciplines in addition to institutional curriculum developers. Most programs had no formal didactics and no clinical experiences in telehealth prior to the pandemic. Most respondents added didactics and clinical telehealth encounters during COVID, although few schools required this of all students. Discussion: Given the barriers of faculty training to pivot to telehealth, and the potential benefits to healthcare cost and patient satisfaction, there is a need for more formal study on best practices for teaching telehealth to prepare our future physicians.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)464-468
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Volume28
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Tele-education
  • curriculum
  • home telecare
  • telecare
  • telehealth
  • telemedicine
  • training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics

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