oa Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia - Feasibility and perceptions of video tutorials for intern training in anaesthesia : a survey

Volume 25 Number 3
  • ISSN : 2220-1181
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1173



Background: Effective intern training is essential for safe delivery of anaesthesia during community service. Interns are trained using both tutorials and clinical exposure. E-learning platforms using video tutorials may address millennial learner needs better, but feasibility is unknown in a particular local setting. This study aimed to explore the feasibility of using a video tutorial to facilitate intern training. Perceptions of the value of tutorials were also assessed.

Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted amongst interns who rotated through anaesthesia at a regional hospital in KwaZulu-Natal. The interns had been exposed to face-to-face tutorials previously and provided with a video-based tutorial.

Results: Thirty-seven of the interns consented (88%), watched the video and answered the questionnaire. All interns indicated a need for tutorials during internship. A majority of respondents (71%) felt underprepared by undergraduate training programmes. Most interns were prepared to watch the video tutorial outside of working hours; however, they were divided over the fairness of using internet access for tutorials. There was a preference for video tutorials over reading a textbook or lecture notes. A total of 88% watched the video from the Internet. One intern did not have Internet access or a computer but the video was watched using a free Wi-Fi hotspot.

Conclusion: A video-based tutorial system is feasible but current infrastructure needs to be considered. Interns continue to feel underprepared for internship and request that tutorials continue in internship.

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