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American Journal of Gastroenterology ; 117(10 Supplement 2):S1072, 2022.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-2324084


Introduction: During the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual interviews for resident and fellowship applicants became the standard. However, studies evaluating the experience of virtual interviews format are lacking. Accordingly, we sought to survey both gastroenterology fellowship applicants and interviewing faculty members about their experiences with the virtual interview process. Method(s): Interviewees and faculty at 13 different gastroenterology fellowship programs at academic medical centers across the United States completed a post-interview survey. The online survey was conducted during the 2020 ERAS fellowship interview season via Google Forms. The survey responses were anonymously collected and reported. Result(s): A total of 177 gastroenterology fellowship applicants and 83 faculty members completed the electronic surveys. Most participants reported a positive experience with 91% and 84% of applicants and faculty respectively, scoring at least 4 points on a 5-point scale. Eighty-8 percent and 85% of applicants and faculty respectively, reported that they had enough insight about the applicant or the fellowship program during the interview. Over 67% of applicants reported cost-savings of greater than $1,000 per interview. Thirty-6 percent of applicants reported that they missed the personal interaction with the current gastroenterology fellows in the respective programs and the experience of physically touring the facility. Twenty-7 percent and 25% of applicants and faculty experienced technical difficulties during the interview process, respectively. Thirty-one percent and 22% of applicants and faculty would like for the virtual interviews to be the standard of future fellowship interviews, while 35% and 42% of applicants and faculty would consider it in the future, respectively. Figure 1 shows the ranking process for both applicants and faculty. Conclusion(s): Virtual interviews were perceived as effective and cost-saving by both gastroenterology fellowship applicants and faculty members. The virtual experience was widely accepted by most applicants and faculty, with high potential to become the standard of fellowship interview process in the future. However, a substantial portion experienced technical difficulty. Further improvements in technology are needed to optimize the process and increase the acceptance of the virtual interview experience. (Figure Presented).

American Journal of Gastroenterology ; 117(10 Supplement 2):S1098, 2022.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-2327379


Introduction: Global health (GH) education is expanding and 23.1% of US medical students acquire international health experience prior to postgraduate training. Digestive diseases carry a high global burden. However, few GH programs and professional societies consider the inclusion of gastroenterology into their standard curriculum. In addition, travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic have brought traditional GH rotations to a halt and spurred new educational approaches. Our goal is to develop a comprehensive online learning module on gastroenterology issues in GH for medical students undertaking GH electives. Method(s): A team of faculty and residents was convened between the Center for Community and Global Health and the Division of Gastroenterology. GH curricula across institutions and core competencies across 2 professional societies were examined via literature review. A survey was conducted among 2nd (MS2) and 3rd year medical students (MS3) interested in GH to assess attitudes toward GI-related issues in GH curriculum. An online learning module was developed consisting of 10, video-based lessons each addressing specific GH competencies (Figure 1). Result(s): In total, 41% (28/69) of MS2 and MS3 interested in GH responded to the survey, with a similar distribution of MS2 (13/28) and MS3 (15/28). Nearly all (92.8%) reported that learning GI conditions in a GH curriculum is moderately or very important (Table 1). A majority (78.5%) also reported feeling at least somewhat anxious or more about managing GI conditions during GH electives. Few medical students reported feeling moderately or extremely prepared to identify risk factors for GI conditions in different settings (21.5%) and to define approaches to therapy in resource-limited settings (14.3%). Interestingly, a majority (71.4%) reported feeling not at all prepared or slightly prepared to deliver cost-effective care to challenging populations. Conclusion(s): Our survey responses demonstrated an unmet need for GI-related training and cost-conscious care in the GH curriculum. Developing an online learning module on GI conditions to supplement GH curriculum may be useful and feasible. A randomized controlled trial is underway to examine the effect of this online learning module on medical student knowledge and preparedness to address GI conditions in GH electives.