Event style preferences in medical education and research meetings in Japan

Keywords: Tele-education, Hybrid meeting, Online meeting, Text mining


Purpose: With the spread of COVID-19, medical education and research events have either been cancelled or shifted to online or hybrid mode. However, there are no accurate records containing the exact number of these events in new modes. This study explores trends in event modes of medical education and research in Japan using registered event data from a web service. Methods: We collected event data from January 2019 to December 2021. Text mining was used to extract and classify data into categories such as on-site and online events. Then, the annual and monthly numbers of categories were counted. Results: The total number of events in March 2020 was drastically reduced, but it recovered in November 2021 to a level equivalent to that of the peak month in 2019. The majority of the events were online by December 2020, increasing in number from March 2020. Hybrid events that integrate on-site and online modes later outnumbered online events and accounted for approximately 20% of the total in June, October, and November 2021. Conclusions: The online and hybrid modes ensured the continuation of medical education and research events during the pandemic. Though online events may reduce after COVID-19, the hybrid mode could become a popular mode that offers diversity.

Author Biography

Shunta Tomimatsu, Kyushu University Hospital

Shunta Tomimatsu has a degree in design for Kyushu University, with a master degree in design for the same university. He has worked as an engineer for the Telemedicine Development Center of Asia (TEMDEC) at Kyushu University Hospital in Fukuoka, Japan since April in 2015.


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How to Cite
Tomimatsu, S., Shimizu, S., Kudo, K., Oga, T., Ueda, S., & Moriyama, T. (2022). Event style preferences in medical education and research meetings in Japan. Journal of the International Society for Telemedicine and EHealth, 10, e5 (1-6). https://doi.org/10.29086/JISfTeH.10.e5
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