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Turk Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 2019 Dec;57(4):171-175. doi: 10.5152/tao.2019.4574. Epub 2019 Dec 1.

A Study on the Use of Massive Open Online Courses in Otorhinolaryngology After Graduation.

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Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, University of Health Sciences Antalya Training and Research Hospital, Antalya, Turkey.
Department of Medical Education, Akdeniz University School of Medicine, Antalya, Turkey.



The use of massive open online courses (MOOCs) in medical education and postgraduate education is becoming more and more widespread across the world. A survey study was carried out in Turkey to collect information and raise awareness about the use of MOOCs for educational and training purposes in the field of otorhinolaryngology after graduation.


The prepared survey questionnaire was published on the online communication platform of the Turkish Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Association, and volunteers were asked to fill-out the questionnaire by clicking the given link.


A total of 210 volunteers participated in the survey study. Most of the volunteers (26.2%) were in the 36-40 age range. At the time of the study 53.8% of the volunteers were working as specialist doctors, 19.5% as residents, 10.5% as professors, 8.1% as associate professors, and 8.1% as assistant professors. Only 19 (9%) respondents ticked "yes" in response to the question "Are you familiar with the MOOC programs?" and only six (2.9%) of these respondents had attended a MOOC program. Evaluation of the correlation between academic title and awareness of MOOC programs showed that the instructors had a significantly higher level of MOOC awareness compared to the specialists and the residents (p=0.032).


Results of the survey revealed that the use of MOOC programs in postgraduate otorhinolaryngology education was low and the volunteers were not well-informed about this practice.


Online learning; internet; otorhinolaryngology; postgraduate education

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Conflict of Interest: The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.

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