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VALSANGIACOMO, Pablo; CHAMBON, Cecilia; UGON, Gustavo Armand  and  GONZALEZ, Daniel. Virtual clinical meetings as a teaching strategy before the suspension of face-to-face courses in 2020. Student evaluation. Anfamed [online]. 2021, vol.8, n.2, e601.  Epub Dec 01, 2021. ISSN 2301-1254.


Since the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic, teaching surgical clinics has represented a great challenge and this motivated the development of virtual clinical meetings. The objective of this work is to communicate a new way in Uruguay of approaching the virtual teaching of Surgical Clinics and its evaluation by students.


Virtual clinical encounters is an educational tool based on real clinical situations where the student was the protagonist of the activity. With a weekly frequency and 2 hours of duration, using the Zoom platform. At the end of the activity, a student satisfaction survey was carried out and the results summarized in percentages.


90 students and 10 teachers participated.12 virtual clinical meetings were held. This activity was considered important by 88.5% of the students in their learning process. The dynamics with the highest acceptance were the vignettes with questions in real time (59.6%), followed by theoretical bases with questions in real time (17.3%) and the analysis of clinical case by group (15.4%).

The most important suggestion is that this activity be maintained regardless of the reinstatement to the presence in the future.


The use of virtual clinical meetings has proven to be an alternative tool to face-to-face activities during the covid-19 pandemic and in the future it will become a significant complement given the high acceptance by both students and teachers.

Keywords : Clinical meetings; Teaching tool; Education; Surgical Clinics.

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