Feasibility and perceptions of video tutorials for intern training in anaesthesia: a survey

A Survey

  • Luansha Naicker University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Komalan Govender University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Veena S Singaram University of KwaZulu-Natal
Keywords: anaesthesia training, e-learning, internship and residency, intern training, video tutorials

Abstract

Background: Effective intern training is essential for safe delivery of anaesthesia during community service. Interns are trained using both tutorials and clinical exposure. E-learning platforms using video tutorials may address millennial learner needs better, but feasibility is unknown in a particular local setting. This study aimed to explore the feasibility of using a video tutorial to facilitate intern training. Perceptions of the value of tutorials were also assessed.

Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted amongst interns who rotated through anaesthesia at a regional hospital in KwaZulu-Natal. The interns had been exposed to face-to-face tutorials previously and provided with a video-based tutorial.

Results: Thirty-seven of the interns consented (88%), watched the video and answered the questionnaire. All interns indicated a need for tutorials during internship. A majority of respondents (71%) felt underprepared by undergraduate training programmes. Most interns were prepared to watch the video tutorial outside of working hours; however, they were divided over the fairness of using internet access for tutorials. There was a preference for video tutorials over reading a textbook or lecture notes. A total of 88% watched the video from the Internet. One intern did not have Internet access or a computer but the video was watched using a free Wi-Fi hotspot.

Conclusion: A video-based tutorial system is feasible but current infrastructure needs to be considered. Interns continue to feel underprepared for internship and request that tutorials continue in internship.

Author Biographies

Luansha Naicker, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital, Durban and Department of Anaesthetics, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Komalan Govender, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital, Durban and Department of Anaesthetics, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Veena S Singaram, University of KwaZulu-Natal

School of Clinical Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Published
2019-07-08
Section
Original Research