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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 70  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 202-208

Strength, weakness, opportunity, threat analysis of the adaptations in anatomy training during COVID-19 pandemic: Example of Turkey

1 Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, Erciyes University, Kayseri, Turkey
2 Department of Pysiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Kırşehir Ahi Evran University, Kırşehir, Turkey

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Dr. Ilyas Ucar
Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, Erciyes University, Kayseri
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/JASI.JASI_146_20

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Introduction: Educational methods used in Turkey as an immediate response to COVID-19 pandemic definitely bear strengths and weaknesses. In this context, the aim of the present study is to carry out Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, Threat (SWOT) analysis of Turkey's adaptations in the anatomy training. Material and Methods: This descriptive study included 12 state universities. A questionnaire was used to collect information regarding the modifications of the anatomy departments. All responses were analyzed by the researchers using a thematic analysis following a 6-step process. For the purpose of SWOT analysis, these themes were assigned to either strengths, weaknesses, opportunities or threats. Results: According to the results of the study, increasing skills in utilizing new technologies and resources (83.3%), developing new online resources (83.3%) and alternative examination methods (58.3%) and free access to online resources (16.6%) were the strengths of Anatomy training during the crisis. Exam-related issues (83.3%), being obliged to work from home due to curfews, self-isolation, and social-distancing rules (75.0%), insufficiency in practical courses and cadaver practices (75.0%) and time restrictions (58.3%) were considered as weaknesses. The departments consider the teleworking model (83.3%), preparation for including blended learning in future curricula (83.3%) and academic cooperation (33.3%) as important environmental opportunities. There are issues that anatomy departments consider as important environmental threats. These threats include decrease in student-student (83.3%) and teacher-student interaction (66.6%) and suspension of the donor programs (58.3%). Discussion and Conclusion: The COVID-19 pandemic has created several opportunities and challenges. Undoubtedly, Anatomy training will need revisions in the normalization process. Results of SWOT analysis studies are thought to be a guide for the departments during the revision process.

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