Delhi Journal of Ophthalmology

Heart and Brain behind E-Learning amidst COVID19 Pandemic

Reshma Ramakrishnan,1 Mamta Agrawal,1 Priyanka Gandhi,1 Saurabh Shrivastava,2 Ayushi Choudhary,1 Syed Faraaz Hussain1
1Department of Ophthalmology, Assistant Professor in MGM institute of Medical sciences, Navi Mumbai, India
2Department of Ophthalmology, Melaka Manipal Medical College, Malaysia

Editor-in-Chief, Delhi Journal of Ophthalmology, Dr R.P.Centre, AIIMS.

Corresponding Author:

Mamta Agrawal (MBBS)
Resident of ophthalmology
Department of Ophthalmology
MGM institute of Medical Sciences, Navi Mumbai, India

Received: 30-OCT-2020 Accepted: 18-NOV-2020 Published Online: 12-MAR-2021

Introduction: COVID-19 pandemic presented us with a window to introduce digital learning in ophthalmology. We conducted this study to understand the repercussions of change of traditional learning and commence E-learning as an educational channel to medical students in the field of Ophthalmology and analyse the response of the students to the pristine method of education in this pandemic.

Aim: To determine the effect of COVID 19 lockdown on ophthalmic medical education in a private medical college in Navi Mumbai.

Settings and Design: A cross-sectional study done by recruiting undergraduates and BSC optometry students of a private medical college as the subjects, after obtaining ethical approval from the instituteand informed consent from the students.

Methods and Material: A random sample of 322 undergraduate medical students; 151 from 7th semester, 151 from 5th semester and 20 from Third year Optometry were surveyed by a questionnaire. The Statistical Package AQ6 for the Social Sciences software used for statistical analysis.

Results: 70%  students The response of 70%  students was responded that online lectures covered all the important topics of curriculum and learning through phone was easier. Less than 45% students of 7th semester responded that online teaching should not remain a part of academic teaching when college reopens. The response of 112  students of 7th semester responded was that their parents complained about overusage of gadgets in this COVID19 pandemic. The response of 219  students was that they utilized COVID19 lockdown in a creative and constructive way apart from E-learning. 

Conclusion: E-learning can be an excellent appurtenance to traditional learning and hence enhance spread of medical knowledge worldwide.

Keywords :E-Learning, Covid19 Pandemic, Medical Students