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Actas Dermosifiliogr ; 111(10): 852-860, 2020 Dec.
Article in English, Spanish | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-891285

ABSTRACT

INTRODUCTION: The COVID-19 pandemic outbreak introduced dramatic changes in all our lives, daily practice, and medical conferences. In search of a tool to spread dermatologic knowledge during confinement, an online medical meeting was held on April 25th to 26th, 2020. In this study, we aimed to assess the characteristics, opinion and satisfaction of the attendees to a free-of-charge online congress. Secondarily, we intended to explain how this meeting was prepared. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Online survey administered to the attendees to an online congress organised via the Telegram® Messenger App. Its organisation and planning, which needed no financial support and was done by volunteer organisers, moderators and speakers, is described step by step. RESULTS: The satisfaction of both speakers and attendees was very high. All participants considered that this format had a great present and future, and most of them rated it as superior to regular face-to-face meetings. Female gender and predominantly private practice favoured this opinion. DISCUSSION: The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of most scientific gatherings. This has been seen by some authors as an excellent opportunity, encouraging medical societies and organisations to lead the change to virtual meetings. Although confinement did not allow real contact, our online meeting showed it was possible to ensure interaction and participation between attendees, moderators and speakers. Dermatologists enjoyed some dermatologic science, even despite the extraordinary circumstances disrupting their daily clinical practice. Most of them felt they were participating in something new and compelling that many felt superior to traditional meetings.


Subject(s)
/epidemiology , Congresses as Topic/organization & administration , Dermatology , Surveys and Questionnaires , Videoconferencing/organization & administration , Adult , Aged , Dermatologists/statistics & numerical data , Female , Humans , Male , Middle Aged , Pandemics , Personal Satisfaction
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EuroIntervention ; 16(3): 187-188, 2020 Jun 25.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-874751
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Br J Cancer ; 123(5): 698-699, 2020 09.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-676750

ABSTRACT

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the cancellation or postponement of traditional face-to-face scientific conferences, necessitating a rapid change in the way new discoveries in cancer were shared with the cancer research community. Here I present personal reflections on the upsurge of virtual cancer conferences, discussing their pros and cons in the context of traditional face-to-face deliveries.


Subject(s)
Betacoronavirus , Biomedical Research/trends , Congresses as Topic/organization & administration , Congresses as Topic/trends , Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Coronavirus Infections/drug therapy , Coronavirus Infections/prevention & control , Coronavirus Infections/virology , Drug Discovery , Humans , Medical Laboratory Personnel/psychology , Neoplasms/therapy , Oncologists/psychology , Pandemics/prevention & control , Pneumonia, Viral/drug therapy , Pneumonia, Viral/prevention & control , Pneumonia, Viral/virology , Quarantine/methods
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J Surg Educ ; 77(6): 1465-1472, 2020.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-634310

ABSTRACT

OBJECTIVE: After COVID-19 rendered in-person meetings for national societies impossible in the spring of 2020, the leadership of the Association of Program Directors in Surgery (APDS) innovated via a virtual format in order to hold its national meeting. DESIGN: APDS leadership pre-emptively considered factors that would be important to attendees including cost, value, time, professional commitments, education, sharing of relevant and current information, and networking. SETTING: The meeting was conducted using a variety of virtual formats including a web portal for entry, pre-ecorded poster and oral presentations on the APDS website, interactive panels via a web conferencing platform, and livestreaming. PARTICIPANTS: There were 298 registrants for the national meeting of the APDS, and 59 participants in the New Program Directors Workshop. The registrants and participants comprised medical students, residents, associate program directors, program directors, and others involved in surgical education nationally. RESULTS: There was no significant difference detected for high levels of participant satisfaction between 2019 and 2020 for the following items: overall program rating, topics and content meeting stated objectives, relevant content to educational needs, educational format conducive to learning, and agreement that the program will improve competence, performance, communication skills, patient outcomes, or processes of care/healthcare system performance. CONCLUSIONS: A virtual format for a national society meeting can provide education, engagement, and community, and the lessons learned by the APDS in the process can be used by other societies for utilization and further improvement.


Subject(s)
Congresses as Topic/organization & administration , General Surgery/education , Internet , /epidemiology , Humans , Pandemics , Societies, Medical , United States/epidemiology
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Dermatol Online J ; 26(7)2020 Jul 15.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-755012

ABSTRACT

The current Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has impacted individuals and groups all across the globe as countries and cities face widespread lockdown to limit transmission of the virus. Many have adapted quickly, utilizing virtual platforms for interviews, employment, and academic/social events. Academic conferences, such as the annual Cochrane Skin Conference, faced similar challenges as large gatherings have been banned. The in-person conference was cancelled several days prior to its hosting at the University of Colorado, leading conference organizers to employ a virtual platform to continue the conference as scheduled. In this letter, logistics, troubleshooting, and conversion of an NIH-funded conference from an in-person to a successful virtual conference are discussed. We hope this letter may serve as a guide for future hosting of academic conferences, and to those dedicated to collaboration and the sharing of information during such unprecedented times.


Subject(s)
Betacoronavirus , Congresses as Topic/organization & administration , Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Disease Transmission, Infectious/prevention & control , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Virtual Reality , Coronavirus Infections/transmission , Humans , Pneumonia, Viral/transmission
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Eur Urol ; 78(3): 301-303, 2020 09.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-723117

ABSTRACT

The speed and reach of the COVID-19 pandemic have forced rapid changes in how we conduct medical practice and research. The rapid evolution in how scientific meetings are conducted may have long-term benefits. A new reality in which technology and sociality are merged may offer a more engaging and adaptable scientific congress experience with more flexible and dynamic use of content modulated to the needs of each attendee.


Subject(s)
Communicable Disease Control , Congresses as Topic , Coronavirus Infections , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral , Telecommunications , Betacoronavirus , Congresses as Topic/organization & administration , Congresses as Topic/trends , Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Coronavirus Infections/prevention & control , Disease Transmission, Infectious/prevention & control , Forecasting , Humans , Inventions , Pandemics/prevention & control , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Pneumonia, Viral/prevention & control , Telecommunications/organization & administration , Telecommunications/trends
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Curr Opin Ophthalmol ; 31(5): 396-402, 2020 Sep.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-703541

ABSTRACT

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To discuss key considerations involved in adapting an in-person ophthalmology conference to a virtual medium. RECENT FINDINGS: In 2020, several ophthalmological societies have held or are planning to hold virtual conferences in lieu of their previously scheduled in-person ophthalmology conference because of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. The strategic meeting components attempted to be retained in these transitions include educational information disseminating, academic discussion with colleagues, sponsorships, and networking. Live-streamed components of a virtual conference may be entirely real time or may include a combination of both prerecorded and live-streamed components. A virtual meeting may offer either a single live-streamed program or several concurrent live-streamed programs from which attendees can choose. The availability of on-demand content, mechanisms for audience participation, avenues for industry interaction and contribution, registration costs, and continuing medical education credit availability vary between virtual meeting formats. SUMMARY: Transition of an in-person ophthalmology conference to a virtual format with retention of the inherent value associated with the meeting is possible and the experiences of societies executing this adaptation can be helpful for others entering this space. There are numerous considerations regarding meeting format and logistics to contemplate in light of each meeting's specific audience and objectives.


Subject(s)
Betacoronavirus , Congresses as Topic/organization & administration , Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Ophthalmology/organization & administration , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Videoconferencing , Humans , Pandemics , Videoconferencing/organization & administration
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J Contin Educ Health Prof ; 40(3): 187-191, 2020.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-643961

ABSTRACT

The COVID-19 pandemic has required a substantial change to the approach used for traditional, in-person continuing professional development (CPD) conferences. Running a virtual CPD conference will necessitate consideration of digital platforms and conversion of large group and small group sessions, abstract presentations, and networking events to a digital medium. This paper will discuss these challenges and present strategies to address them for CPD conference planning in the era of COVID-19.


Subject(s)
Congresses as Topic/organization & administration , Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Education, Continuing/methods , Health Personnel/education , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Humans
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J Med Imaging Radiat Oncol ; 64(3): 414-421, 2020 Jun.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-72130

ABSTRACT

INTRODUCTION: The global COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the TROG 2020 face to face Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM). It was instead delivered as a live virtual meeting with 6 days of planning. Here, we report the participants' experience of this live virtual meeting. METHOD: Participants were invited to complete custom-developed, pre- and post-meeting surveys to assess their expectations of and satisfaction with the live virtual format. Speakers and moderators were also invited to complete a custom-developed satisfaction survey. The working parties of TROG (head/neck/skin, genitourinary, breast and lung) were also sampled. RESULTS: In total, 188/273 (69%) registered participants logged in to the live virtual meeting. The online engagement for each of the oral sessions ranged from 53 to 66%. There were 102 and 57 responders to the online pre- and post-meeting surveys, respectively. The majority of pre-meeting responders indicated a significant level of employer support to attend the virtual meeting. Post-meeting satisfaction exceeded pre-meeting expectations ('very much' and 'quite a bit'; 86% vs. 54%; P < 0.0001). The majority indicated they would be 'quite a bit' or 'very much' interested in future live virtual meetings. CONCLUSION: The TROG 2020 ASM was conducted as a live virtual meeting. Participant satisfaction and future interest in a live virtual meeting was high, indicating this is a viable platform for other CCTG's faced with the decision to deliver virtual content at times of global public health threats.


Subject(s)
Congresses as Topic/organization & administration , Cooperative Behavior , Coronavirus Infections/prevention & control , Internet , Pandemics/prevention & control , Pneumonia, Viral/prevention & control , Radiation Oncologists/psychology , Radiation Oncology , Societies, Medical , Adult , Aged , Australia , Betacoronavirus , Female , Humans , Male , Middle Aged , New Zealand , Surveys and Questionnaires , User-Computer Interface , Young Adult
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