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What is the Secret Ingredient? Attendee Perceptions of Virtual Grand Rounds
Purpose: This study aims to explore the attendee experience
with and perceptions of virtual grand rounds as it compares to in-person grand
Background: Academic departments across the country transitioned
from in-person grand rounds(IPGR) to virtual grand rounds (VGR) during the
Covid-19 pandemic. Though this change allowed Grand Rounds to continue, the
perception of participants is not known.
Methods: A group of subject matter experts developed a
cross-sectional electronic survey comparing VGR and IPGR. After IRB review,
local leadership sent the survey to all members of 5 geographically diverse
academic ob/gyn departments in May 2021. Descriptive statistics were used to
analyze the data.
Results: Of 591 potential participants, 306(52%)
individuals responded(65 residents, 21 fellows, 208 faculty/APPs and 9 research
staff). Overall, 91% of respondents were satisfied with VGR, with 60% feeling
Compared to IPGR, 90% of
respondents were more likely to attend VGR and 49% were more likely to ask
questions at VGR. Presentation quality was rated the same/better than IPGR by
91% of respondents. Presenter prominence with VGR was perceived as the
same/better by 93%. Multitasking was more common with VGR(91% reported more
likely), 69% stated the sense of community was worse with VGR. Only 22% of
respondents preferred all-virtual going forward.
Discussions: Overall, VGR was well-received. Respondents reported
being more likely to attend with no reduction in quality. Disadvantages of VGR
include being more likely to multitask and lost sense of community. Looking
forward, most preferred a hybrid model of grand rounds.
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