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Virtual postgraduate orthopaedic practical examination: a pilot model
  1. Mr Karthikeyan P Iyengar1,
  2. Vijay Kumar Jain2,
  3. Professor Raju Vaishya3
  1. 1 Department of Orthopaedics, Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust, Southport, UK
  2. 2 Department of Orthopaedics, Atal Bihari Vajpaee Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
  3. 3 Orthopaedics, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, India
  1. Correspondence to Vijay Kumar Jain, Department of Orthopaedics, Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Medical Sciences, Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi 110001, India; drvijayortho{at}


COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the delivery of medical education, training and examination schedule across the world both at undergraduate and at postgraduate (PG) levels. The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 outbreak has resulted in the cancellation of traditional in-person meetings and clinical examination assessments, learning and education activities because of concern of viral transmission. Various medical universities, Royal Medical and Surgical Colleges in the UK have suspended delivery of qualifying examinations until they can be resumed safely with updated social distancing guidelines. This article evaluates the role and the possibility of virtual PG practical examination template based on authors' own recent experience of conducting successful virtual practical PG orthopaedic qualifying examinations during the COVID-19 pandemic in New Delhi, India. Advances in telecommunication technology can enable academic institution and orthopaedic educators to develop such a model and act as a blueprint for the future.

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  • Contributors KPI involved in writing the original draft of manuscript, literature search, planning, conducting and editing. VKJ involved in conceptualisation, literature search, review and editing. RV supervised the manuscript. KPI, RV and VKJ approved the final draft.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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