Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Surgical Trainee Education and Well-Being Spring 2020-Winter 2020: A Path Forward
BACKGROUND: The time course and longitudinal impact of the COVID -19 pandemic on surgical education(SE) and learner well-being (LWB)is unknown. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Check-in surveys were distributed to Surgery Program Directors and Department Chairs, including general surgery and surgical specialties, in the summer and winter of 2020 and compared to a survey from spring 2020. Statistical associations for items with self-reported ACGME Stage and the survey period were assessed using categorical analysis. RESULTS: Stage 3 institutions were reported in spring (30%), summer (4%) [p < 0.0001] and increased in the winter (18%). Severe disruption (SD) was stage dependent (Stage 3; 45% (83/184) vs. Stages 1 and 2; 26% (206/801)[p < 0.0001]). This lessened in the winter (23%) vs. spring (32%) p = 0.02. LWB severe disruption was similar in spring 27%, summer 22%, winter 25% and was associated with Stage 3. CONCLUSIONS: Steps taken during the pandemic reduced SD but did not improve LWB. Systemic efforts are needed to protect learners and combat isolation pervasive in a pandemic.
Ellison, E. C., Nagler, A., Stain, S. C., Matthews, J. B., Spanknebel, K., Shabahang, M. M., Blair, P. G., Farmer, D. L., Sloane, R., Britt, L. D., & Sachdeva, A. K. (2022). Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Surgical Trainee Education and Well-Being Spring 2020-Winter 2020: A Path Forward. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjsurg.2021.05.018