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University of Toronto Medical Journal ; 99(1):17-24, 2022.
Article in English | Scopus | ID: covidwho-1837709


Background: To limit the risk of transmitting the COVID-19 virus during in person interactions, modes of telemedicine, such as teleoncology, have been on the rise more than ever. This narrative review examines the effectiveness of current Canadian teleoncology services in providing adequate services to the residents of Canadian rural areas. This paper also seeks to analyze current international research and models of teleoncology and how they may be applicable in a Canadian rural context. The paper additionally provides well-supported and appropriate suggestions for future developments of Canadian rural teleoncology and future research directions within the field. Methods: Through a literature search on platforms like Google Scholar, 14 Canadian and international pieces of literature have been selected and reviewed. Common trends of teleoncology strengths and weaknesses have been retrieved, analyzed and summarized. Results: Upon analysis of advantages and disadvantages, it can be stated that teleoncology is a relevant mode of healthcare delivery in the current Canadian context. Despite its limitations, teleoncology can enhance and diversify the quality and types of services delivered to Canadians, especially those in rural areas. Conclusion: Overall, it can be safely deduced that teleoncology has the potential of becoming a prominent aspect of the future of healthcare especially in Canadian rural contexts. The next step towards enhancing the Canadian rural teleoncology system is to gain a better understanding of this system through more recent, standardized research. This can be followed by careful examination of the international status of teleoncology for potential inspirations for change and areas of research. In its analysis, the paper at hand provides a series of suggestions for future areas of research in this topic and potential methodologies for enhancing current Canadian rural teleoncology. © 2022, University of Toronto. All rights reserved.

Trop. Med. Int. Health ; 26:14-14, 2021.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-1456880
Medicina (Brazil) ; 54, 2021.
Article in Portuguese | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-1380120


During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, classrooms were emptied to ensure social distancing as a strategy to decrease the spread of the virus. University managers and professors looked for means to continue academic activities through cooperation, solidarity, and innovation. Fast skill building was needed to make remote learning feasible. In this scenario, university extension played an important role. This paper reports on creating and adapting two extension projects to support teachers’ and students’ skill-building for remote learning, the projects’ objectives, and the activities carried out. We believe that collaborative initiatives based on active learning can give new meaning to university activities during challenging times.