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A blended learning and teaching model to improve bedside undergraduate paediatric clinical training during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic

S G Lala, A Z George, D Wooldridge, G Wissing, S Naidoo, A Giovanelli, J King, M Mabeba, Z Dangor

Abstract


The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has severely disrupted paediatric undergraduate bedside clinical training. Facing an uncertain future, we need to be able to adapt to the variable effects of the pandemic on bedside training. During severe conditions, no bedside training is possible, while limited bedside training is possible during less severe conditions. We propose a learning and teaching model for undergraduate paediatric clinical training during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic to facilitate bedside clinical training in order to maximise students’ acquisition of clinical competencies.


Authors' affiliations

S G Lala, Paediatric Education and Research Ladder, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand and Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, Johannesburg; and Perinatal HIV Research Unit, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand and Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa

A Z George, Centre for Health Science Education, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

D Wooldridge, Centre for Learning, Teaching and Development, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

G Wissing, Centre for Learning, Teaching and Development, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

S Naidoo, Centre for Learning, Teaching and Development, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

A Giovanelli, Centre for Learning, Teaching and Development, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

J King, Centre for Learning, Teaching and Development, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

M Mabeba, Centre for Learning, Teaching and Development, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Z Dangor, Paediatric Education and Research Ladder, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand and Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa

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Keywords

Paediatrics; Clinical teaching; Clinical learning; Bedside clinical training; COVID-19; Emergency remote teaching; Online learning; Blended learning

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African Journal of Health Professions Education 2021;13(1):18-22. DOI:10.7196/AJHPE.2021.v13i1.1447

Article History

Date submitted: 2021-04-08
Date published: 2021-04-08

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