A new white paper on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare management education found significant shifts in learning modalities, opportunities and competency domains.
The study, conducted by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education, includes information provided by 229 academics—from 150 universities in 21 countries.
CAHME’s biggest finding, according to President and CEO Anthony Stanowski, is how the pandemic could leave a permanent mark on learning modalities. While face-to-face learning dominated pre-pandemic instruction and online learning dominated pandemic instruction, academics predict that post-pandemic learning will be led by hybrid instruction.
“Education is going to change,” Stanowski said. “It’s going to take advantage of the new modality, but it’s going to use face-to-face in a different, more efficient way.”
The biggest challenge was placing students in real-world experiences during the pandemic, according to the study. Almost 60% of respondents said it was a challenge to do so. However, programs found workarounds through virtual ingenuity.