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Komal Atta , Dr.

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Komal Atta, MBBS, M. Phil. Physiology, Certificate in Medical Teaching, Masters in Medical Education, is a health professions educator and Physiologist. Komal currently holds a position as Assistant Director of Health Profession Education and Senior Coordinator of the Department of Optometry at The University of Faisalabad, Pakistan. Komal’s areas of professional interest include professional identity formation, curriculum development, and social media. Komal can be followed on Twitter, or contacted via email.


Is it better to “Zoom out” than to fade away? Combating burnout created by online teaching

In the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, nearly all teaching and learning has gone online. The protective benefits of this scenario are that it facilitates in the continuation of education via distance or blended learning in safer, more socially distant environments. However, it has created a stressful situation for some health professions educators, whose personal and work lives are now a blur causing “techno stress” and burnout. Constantly interacting through a box on your screen is not ideal for medical professionals, and we have done much improvisation in our teaching practices. This blog post discusses instructional strategies which would help teachers combat frustrations created by online sessions.

Recent Comments
Guest — Zakia Saleem

well done

It will be a helpful blog for busy medical educator to create work life balance .Good to read.
Tuesday, 23 March 2021 3:03 PM
Guest — Ambreen Ansar

Well written with some good su...

Agreed to zoom out rather than fading out!
Tuesday, 23 March 2021 3:03 PM
Guest — Shazia

Is it better to fade out to zo...

Well written df komal
Tuesday, 23 March 2021 3:03 PM
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