Back to the future: Looking back while looking ahead at changes to educational conferences in the COVID-19 era
Elliot K. Fishman, Edmund M. Weisberg, Sheila Sheth, Linda C. Chu
The COVID-19 era is in its second year and the changes it has imposed across medical education have been addressed in several recent articles.1., 2., 3., 4. The lack of in-person meetings, replaced by virtual gatherings or conferences via such programs as Zoom (Zoom Technologies), Microsoft Teams (Microsoft, Inc.), and WebEx (Cisco Systems), is typically acknowledged as the primary alteration in the landscape.1., 2., 3., 4. Advantages of a remote model include convenience, the ability to involve people at remote sites, and the absence of basic structural challenges like conference room size and availability. To many professionals, disadvantages focus on the lack of connectivity and in-person presence.5. The classic unstructured or side conversations before, during, and after meetings are more challenging through a remote viewing conference. The sense of normalcy is also diminished by remote access.
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