Virtual WIL clinics in medicine: overcoming the COVID-19 challenge

Rasalam, Roy, and Bandaranaike, Suniti (2020) Virtual WIL clinics in medicine: overcoming the COVID-19 challenge. International Journal of Work-Integrated Learning, 21 (5). pp. 573-585.

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Abstract

In the current context of COVID-19 restrictions, the perceived infection risk in healthcare facilities has resulted in limited opportunities for clinical placements. This paper aims to demonstrate how virtual WIL clinics (virtual simulated general practice clinics), provide an authentic clinical experience and to ascertain whether these virtual clinics allow the practice of generic WIL competencies. The clinics provide students with WIL experience without the face-to-face contact of a physical clinic via telehealth. The practice of WIL through virtual WIL clinics at James Cook University, Australia, is assessed using the Work Skill Development (WSD) framework via GoSoapBox surveys. Students surveyed (N=66) expressed a high level of motivation to engage, reflect and learn through this medium. The survey also highlighted some possible areas of improvement in time management and communication. Virtual WIL clinics are a suitable substitution for WIL clinical activity and ideally suited to the COVID-19 context.

Item ID: 64733
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2538-1032
Keywords: COVID-19; medical education; work-integrated learning (WIL); simulation
Copyright Information: (C) International Journal of Work-Integrated Learning
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2020 01:28
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939902 Education and Training Theory and Methodology @ 50%
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