Impact of COVID-19 on Surgical Education (COVISurEd): A Global Overview Across Six Continents
Keywords:COVID-19, surgical education, surgical training, global
Background: There has been a huge disruption of surgical education globally during the COVID-19 pandemic with the landscapes of surgical training programs changing drastically. This paper aims to give a collaborative overview of how COVID-19 affected surgical education globally.
Methods: This is a qualitative, international collaborative study conducted in eleven countries across Asia, Africa, Australasia, Europe, North America, and South America. The data on the impact of COVID-19 in each country were collected based on COVISurEd guidelines along with solutions to mitigate the impact.
Results: The common impact on surgical education during COVID-19 pandemic in all eleven countries was a decrease in opportunities for skills learning due to cancellation/postponement of elective surgery. In many countries, virtual training models were started via online platforms, exams were postponed, and training programs were modified.
Conclusions: COVID-19 pandemic has had a substantial impact on global surgical education. The extent to which the surgical training program has been affected depended on the adaptability of the surgical training programs, availability of alternative skills teaching methods such as simulation, and proactive response by surgical educators for remediation.
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