Background and Aim: Clinical education has been disrupted by the
COVID-19 pandemic. We present a standardized remote alternative online
cardiothoracic surgery primer to accommodate a shortened clinical
calendar. Methods: A week-long cardiothoracic surgery course consisting
of virtual case-based lectures and small groups as well as surgical
operation walkthroughs was conducted iteratively through April and May
2020 at Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA for new
clinical third-year medical students. Results: Remote learning platforms
helped maintain medical student clinical education. Cardiothoracic
procedure video walkthroughs were highly demanded for remote learning.
Virtual small group discussions were felt to be invaluable in
facilitating active problem solving and clinical decision making of
cardiothoracic surgery. Conclusion: Our online cardiothoracic surgery
curriculum can be a framework for alternative medical student clinical
education. Student feedback is necessary as we adapt to teaching during
the COVID-19 pandemic and future global disruptions.