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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all aspects of our lives. We have seen huge changes in the health service, medical practice and hospital working. Many urology meetings – national and international – were cancelled and seminars and courses have become webinars. This journal article refers to a survey by the Société Internationale d’Urologie (SIU). The SIU has over 10,000 members in 131 countries worldwide. As we all know, it is mandatory to enrich and refine our knowledge and skills in order to provide high quality healthcare (CME / CPD). This survey asked what modern methods are being used by urologists to continue learning during the pandemic, lockdowns, restrictions, etc. In total, 2494 respondents completed the survey from 76 countries. The results showed the most popular methods were internet searching (76%) and online journals (62%). A group of respondents (6%) had no time or aptitude for CME during the pandemic with busy and exhaustive clinical commitments. Most urologists reported using one to five platforms. As the age of the respondent increased, fewer methods were used. Urologists less than 40 years old tended to use online literature, podcasts, audio visual media, social media, etc. No difference was found between urologists working in academic units or private or public hospitals. This is a very interesting paper with high quality tables and graphs to demonstrate the results. I like to quote William Mayo of the USA, “The glory of medicine is that it is constantly moving forward, there is always more to learn.” How true this is in the present crisis. 

Impact of Covid-19 on medical education – introducing homo digitalis.
Gravas S, Ahmad M, Kulkarni S, et al.
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Arun K Sharma

West Herts NHS Trust (Watford General Hospital)

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