Conducting virtual geriatric medicine final professional examination during COVID-19 pandemic

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Author Details : Abhijith Rajaram Rao, Meenal Thakral, Bhrigu Jain, Nidhi Soni, Mujtaba Waris, Aparajit Ballav Dey, Vijay Kumar*

Volume : 8, Issue : 1, Year : 2021

Article Page : 25-28

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Medical education is witnessing severe disruption worldwide due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But at the same time, it is important to provide continuity of teaching and timely certification assessment. Overcoming the obstacles to conduct the professional examination due to SARS-CoV-2 spread, we conducted the MD Geriatric medicine final professional examination in a hybrid virtual format. In addition to creating case repository for single system cases, we included geriatric cases with multiple combination of geriatric syndromes. The examinees were assessed by the external examiners virtually through a video conferencing platform. The end results were well appreciated by all key stake holders. The concerns, logistics and experience of conducting the MD Geriatric medicine examination in a virtual format are summarized here.

Keywords: Geriatric medicine, Professional exam, Virtual examination

How to cite : Rao A R, Thakral M, Jain B, Soni N, Waris M, Dey A B, Kumar V, Conducting virtual geriatric medicine final professional examination during COVID-19 pandemic. Ann Geriatr Educ Med Sci 2021;8(1):25-28

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Article History

Received : 11-01-2021

Accepted : 29-01-2021

Available online : 27-07-2021

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