Virtual Learning in Global Neurosurgery: A Necessary Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Keywords:distance learning, e-learning, virtual learning, online learningRemove online learning
Objective: The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically reduced access to in-person educational activities in neurosurgery, necessitating different educational paradigms. Virtual learning, both live and on-demand, has become an essential educational paradigm in global neurosurgery in response to the pandemic. We discuss the different virtual learning modalities that have been developed or grown within global neurosurgery due to the pandemic.
Methods: A narrative and anecdotal review was conducted.
Results: We discuss webinars, virtual interactive presence technologies, digital simulation, social media, and web-based connectors and their role in global neurosurgery.
Conclusion: As a community of neurosurgeons and future neurosurgeons, if we are to meet the global growing demand for neurosurgical care, we must embrace virtual learning in surgical training. The irreplaceable role of hands-on demonstration and teaching in the operating theatre will always remain paramount. However, development and utilization of progressive connectivity technologies will bring us closer to an achievable and sustainable future for neurosurgical training worldwide.