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Leunig, Alexander; Gernert, Jonathan A.; Graupe, Tanja and Dimitriadis, Konstantinos (2021): Management lessons through an interactive online discussion about hospital management during the COVID-19 pandemic. In: Gms Journal for Medical Education, Vol. 38, No. 1, Doc25

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Background: In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting demand for innovative hospital management we organized an interactive online discussion for medical students and healthcare professionals about hospital management during the crisis. Objective: The event offered an opportunity to learn from a hospital crisis management. We looked at how this new online format compares to a traditional discussion event. Methods: We used an online platform with four guests, a moderator and about 100 attendees. During the event we gathered demographic facts through an interactive questionnaire tool and an extensive evaluation afterwards. Results: The event was rated with an overall grade of 1.4 (Likert from 1 to 6, 1 best grade;SD 0.5) and participants agreed that this format should be organized again (1.2;SD 0.5). 70% of audience members preferred the online format of the event. Due to the high volume, only about 30% (total n similar to 35) of the questions posed by the audience were addressed. Conclusion: Firstly, most participants preferred the event to be online, contrary to our expectation. Secondly, the handling of the amount of individual questions posed significant challenges. Finally, the number of attendees and questions suggested a continuing demand among students and physicians for further education regarding hospital management, especially regarding COVID-19. These findings also require a critical look at future formats and topics of podium discussions in medical education. The online format might be a good alternative to face-to-face lectures.

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