Information technology develops rapidly, as does the potential for e-learning. Two examples of the new trends that develop year on year include blended learning and rapid e-learning. However, do these new concepts really bring added value to medical education? In order to try to answer this question, the European Respiratory Society (ERS) School has undertaken a two-fold initiative: 1) to identify the preferences of European respiratory specialists and trainees in respiratory medicine with respect to different e-learning concepts; and 2) to explore the acceptance of different approaches for web-based teaching. Within this initiative, the interest in three educational approaches was evaluated:
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