Special Issue "Training, Education and Research in Covid-19 Times: Innovative Methodological Approaches, Best Practices, and Case Studies"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Health and Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 May 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Miltiadis D. Lytras
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1. School of Business, Deree—The American College of Greece, 6 Gravias Street GR-153 42 Aghia Paraskevi Athens, Greece
2. Effat University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Interests: cognitive computing; artificial intelligence; data science; bioinformatics; innovation; big data research; data mining; emerging technologies; information systems; technology driven innovation; knowledge management; semantic web
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Dr. Abdulrahman Housawi
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Planning and Organizational Excellence Administration, Saudi Commission for Health Specialties, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Interests: medical education; quality in training; innovation; saudi commission for health specialties; smart healthcare
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Dr. Basim Alsaywid
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Planning and Organizational Excellence Administration, Saudi Commission for Health Specialties, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; College of Medicine, King Saud Bin-Abdul-Aziz University for Health Sciences, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Urology Section, Department of Surgery, King Abdulaziz Medical City, Ministry of National Guard, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Interests: medical education; quality in training; innovation; saudi commission for health specialties; smart healthcare
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The recent pandemic of covid-19 challenges the delivery of training and education worldwide. In parallel, research in the times of covid-19 becomes more demanding in terms of research methodologies and the delivery of sound scientific contributions.

In this Special Issue we are interested in analyzing the diversified training, education, and research context in the times of the covid-19 pandemic. Our intention is to analyze the key implications of the modified online mode of delivery as well as the components of strategies and policies that enhance the social value and the social impact of training, education, and research.

Our intended contribution is multifold:

  • To promote recent sound research on effective training, education, and research strategies and methodologies;
  • To contribute to the body of knowledge by promoting sound methodological approaches for effective training, education, and research in covid-19 times;
  • To communicate best practices and key lessons learned related to training, education, and research in the covid-19 period;
  • To invite to the relevant scientific debate diverse communities from different domains of human activity including medical training and research, business training and education, information systems and computer sciences education, etc.
  • To contribute to the discipline of training and education by synthesizing complementary approaches, limitations, and key findings.

Topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Training strategies in the covid-19 period;
  • Effective technology for enhanced learning interventions in the covid-19 period;
  • Transforming education from off-line to on-line paradigm in the covid-19 period;
  • Research excellence and strategies in the covid-19 period;
  • Enhancing the skills, competencies, and knowledge of trainees in the covid-19 period;
  • Engagement, interaction, and active training and learning in the covid-19 period;
  • Higher education best practices for delivering top-quality education in the covid-19 period;
  • Case studies in medical training and research;
  • Business training and education;
  • Information systems and computer sciences education;
  • Strategic frameworks for training, education, and research efficiency in covid-19 times;
  • Key performance indicators and learning analytics for measuring the effectiveness of online training in the times of covid-19;
  • Integration of academia and industry for training, education and research;
  • Social networks research for enhanced training, education, and research in covid-19 times;
  • Quality initiatives for effective training, education, and research in covid-19 times.

Prof. Dr. Miltiadis D. Lytras
Dr. Abdulrahman Housawi
Dr. Basim Alsaywid
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • training
  • education
  • research
  • medical education
  • business education
  • higher education
  • technology-enhanced learning
  • covid-19
  • research excellence
  • social networks in education
  • trainee satisfaction

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Residents’ Training in COVID-19 Pandemic Times: An Integrated Survey of Educational Process, Institutional Support, Anxiety and Depression by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS)
Sustainability 2020, 12(24), 10530; https://doi.org/10.3390/su122410530 - 16 Dec 2020
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In late December of 2019, the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was first reported in the city of Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province in China, and was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization in March 2020. Globally, as of 8 [...] Read more.
In late December of 2019, the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was first reported in the city of Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province in China, and was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization in March 2020. Globally, as of 8 July 2020, there have been 11,669,259 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 539,906 deaths. In Saudi Arabia, the confirmed cases have already reached 223,327, with 161,096 patients confirmed to have recovered, and 2100 deaths. This study aims to determine the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the training programs of the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS) and assess trainees’ mental health status (i.e., anxiety and depression). Trainee evaluations on training programs were also sought in order to obtain insights for strategic planning necessary for curricular modifications or improvements to address the clinical learning needs of trainees during this pandemic. The main contribution of our work is an investigation of the incidence of depression and anxiety regarding COVID-19 within the community of residents and fellows. Furthermore, we elaborate on key responsive actions towards the enhancement of the mental health of trainees. Last but not least, we propose the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS) Model for Residents’ Mental Health Enhancement during the COVID-19 Pandemic, which consists of five integrative value layers for medical education and training, namely: the knowledge creation process and innovation; technological capabilities for personalized medicine and patient-centric healthcare with a social impact; innovative applications of technology-enhanced learning and web-based active learning approaches for medical training and education; residents’ wellbeing and the impact of COVID-19 in strategic layers. In our future work, we intend to enhance the proposed framework with studies on trainee satisfaction and the efficiency of different technology-enhanced learning platforms for medical education. Full article
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A Progressive Model for Quality Benchmarks of Trainees’ Satisfaction in Medical Education: Towards Strategic Enhancement of Residency Training Programs at Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS)
Sustainability 2020, 12(23), 10186; https://doi.org/10.3390/su122310186 - 06 Dec 2020
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The latest developments in Sustainable Health focus on the provision of high quality medical training to health specialists, with a special focus on human factors. The need to promote effective Training Programs also reflects the job satisfaction needs of trainees. The objective of [...] Read more.
The latest developments in Sustainable Health focus on the provision of high quality medical training to health specialists, with a special focus on human factors. The need to promote effective Training Programs also reflects the job satisfaction needs of trainees. The objective of this study is to evaluate the trainees’ satisfaction with the quality of Training Programs and assess the degree of achievement based on the defined parameters to provide baseline data based on which strategies for improvement can be formulated. Our study was conducted in Saudi Arabia and our targeted population was residents in medical programs supervised by the Saudi Commission for the Health Specialties (SCFHS). The trainees’ response rate to the online survey was 27% (3696/13,688) and the key aspects of job satisfaction investigated include: Satisfaction with Academic Activities in the Center; Satisfaction with the Residents and Colleagues in the Center; Satisfaction with the Administrative Components in the Center; Satisfaction with the Training Programs; Satisfaction with the Specialty; Satisfaction with the Training Center; Satisfaction with the SCFHS. The main contribution of our work is a benchmark model for job satisfaction that can be used as a managerial tool for the enhancement of medical education with reference to the satisfaction of trainees. We analyze the key aspects and components of training satisfaction and we introduce our progressive model for Trainees’ Satisfaction in Medical Training. In future work, we intend to enhance the proposed framework with a set of key performance indicators as well as with a focused cause and effect focused survey on factors related to the key benchmark of this study. Full article
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