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Journal of Urology ; 206(SUPPL 3):e342-e343, 2021.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-1483603


INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVE: COVID-19 has drastically changed didactic residency education. The urologic community displayed its resilience and adaptability by swiftly converting in-person education to webinar events in response to the pandemic. The goal of this study was to analyze the trends of urology webinars since the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic. METHODS: The official social media accounts for all AUAregistered urology residency and urologic-oncology fellowship programs were systematically searched for webinar listings. All of the free webinars available to the greater urologic community posted between January 1, 2020 and June 1, 2020 were included in this study. Data was abstracted from each webinar including the date of delivery, topic of discussion, and number of speakers. Temporal trends were analyzed via join-point regression modelling. RESULTS: A total of 450 webinars were offered in the initial 18 weeks following the pandemic declaration. A total of 629 speakers from 96 academic institutions were involved in at least one webinar. The mean webinar duration was 58.7 minutes. At the peak of the “webinar frenzy,” a mean of 7.1 webinars/day were offered with 12.7 speakers/day involved. Urologic webinars increased in availability significantly from weeks 1 to 9 and decreased in availability non-significantly from weeks 10 to 18. Urologic-oncology was the most commonly discussed sub-specialty, representing 113 (25.1%) separate lectures with 151 speakers. Urologic-oncology increased in interest significantly over weeks 1 to 9 (AWPC: 110.7%;p<0.001) with a stable trend (AWPC -5.5, p=0.3) from weeks 10 to 18. Prostate cancer (33.9%) was the most discussed subject, followed by bladder cancer (29.5%), kidney cancer (12.5%), testis cancer (8%), upper urinary tract cancer (7.2%) and penile cancer (3.5%). CONCLUSIONS: In conclusion, our analysis demonstrates impressive and immediate reaction of the academic urologic community and specifically, the urologic-oncologic community, to continuing medical education amidst a pandemic. While webinars have some limitations, they have the opportunity to increase educational access across geographical and financial barriers. Time will show if webinars have a permanent role in the future of medical education or if we have witnessed the rise and fall of a “webin-era.”. (Table Presented).

Journal of Urology ; 206:E342-E343, 2021.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-1411287
European Urology ; 79:S1357-S1358, 2021.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-1357815
European Urology Open Science ; 20:S190-S191, 2020.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-1093298


Introduction: COVID-19 outbreak represented an unprecedented event that led to a redefinition of health care systems worldwide. The impact of the emergency required a deviation of the care toward the assistance to COVID-19 patients, with reduction of resources for elective activities, including surgery. We aim to report the decrease of urological surgical activity during the first weeks from the beginning of the pandemic, aiming to highlight the prioritization we applied to select patients for surgery. Materials and methods: Thirty-three urological units with physicians affiliated to the AGILE group were involved in a survey. Urologists were asked to report the amount of surgical elective procedures week- by-week, from the beginning of the emergency to the following month. The type of surgery (oncologic, for urolithiasis, for benign prostate obstruction, other) was assessed as well. Results: The 33 hospitals involved in the study account, globally, for 22,945 beds and are distributed in 13/20 Italian regions. Before the outbreak, the involved urology units performed an overall amount of 1,213 procedures per week, half of which were oncological. By the 20 of March, the amount of surgery declined by 78%. Lombardy, the first region with positive-cases, experienced a 94% reduction. The decrease in oncological and non- oncological surgical activity was 35,9% and 89%, respectively. Among non-oncological procedures, stone surgery declined by 35,9% as well, whereas BPH and minor urological procedures completely dropped. Reassessing for surgical activity on 20, April, a slight trend toward surgical restoration (+11%) started to appear. Conclusions: Italy, the country with the highest fatality rate from COVID-19, had experienced a sudden decline in surgical activity;by the end of April, a current trend toward restoration of surgery started to appear. Criteria for prioritization were consistent with an urgent/ emergent principle, with trauma, tumours and septic conditions being the ones prioritized. The Italian experience can be helpful for future surgical pre-planning in other countries or pandemic settings. Smart Communications (SC1–SC28) Andrology

Actas Urol Esp (Engl Ed) ; 45(1): 39-48, 2021.
Article in English, Spanish | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-917182


PURPOSE: The COVID-19 outbreak has substantially altered residents' training activities. While several new virtual learning programs have been recently implemented, the perspective of urology trainees regarding their usefulness still needs to be investigated. METHODS: A cross-sectional, 30-item, web-based Survey was conducted through Twitter from April 4th, 2020 to April 18th, 2020, aiming to evaluate the urology residents' perspective on smart learning (SL) modalities (pre-recorded videos, webinars, podcasts, and social media [SoMe]), and contents (frontal lessons, clinical case discussions, updates on Guidelines and on clinical trials, surgical videos, Journal Clubs, and seminars on leadership and non-technical skills). RESULTS: Overall, 501 urology residents from 58 countries completed the survey. Of these, 78.4, 78.2, 56.9 and 51.9% of them considered pre-recorded videos, interactive webinars, podcasts and SoMe highly useful modalities of smart learning, respectively. The contents considered as highly useful by the greatest proportion of residents were updates on guidelines (84.8%) and surgical videos (81.0%). In addition, 58.9 and 56.5% of responders deemed seminars on leadership and on non-technical skills highly useful smart learning contents. The three preferred combinations of smart learning modality and content were: pre-recorded surgical videos, interactive webinars on clinical cases, and pre-recorded videos on guidelines. CONCLUSION: Our study provides the first global «big picture¼ of the smart learning modalities and contents that should be prioritized to optimize virtual Urology education. While this survey was conducted during the COVID-19 outbreak, our findings might have even more impact in the future.

COVID-19/epidemiology , Education, Distance/methods , Internship and Residency , Pandemics/statistics & numerical data , SARS-CoV-2 , Urology/education , Adult , Cross-Sectional Studies , Female , General Surgery/education , Humans , Internationality , Internship and Residency/statistics & numerical data , Male , Surveys and Questionnaires/statistics & numerical data , Urology/statistics & numerical data , Webcasts as Topic