We evaluated the use of tele-education to provide an induction programme for accident and emergency senior house officers (SHOs) in three remote locations, and compared their performance with that of SHOs receiving the same induction programme in the conventional manner. Both groups of doctors performed similarly in a pre-course multiple-choice question (MCQ) paper, and showed comparable improvement following the induction programme lectures. Sound quality and levels of interactivity were identified as areas for improvement in the tele-education programme. Tele-education might allow doctors based in peripheral units similar access to high-quality teaching to that enjoyed by those in larger hospitals. Further experience and evaluation are required to optimize this method of education delivery.
Pedley, D., Brebner, E. M., Rowlands, A., Palombo, A., & Ferguson, J. (2003). A role for tele-education in the centralization of accident and emergency services. Journal of telemedicine and telecare, 9(Suppl. 1), 33-34. https://doi.org/10.1258/135763303322196268