Impact of COVID-19 on Saudi neurosurgery residency: trainers’ and trainees’ perspectives
【Abstract】 Following the official announcement of the COVID-19 pandemic on the 11th of March 2020, the disease impacted most aspects of health care delivery, especially postgraduate education and training. A cross-sectional, online questionnaire-based assessment was performed. The study participants involved neurosurgery residents and program directors (PDs) across the country between 16th and 27th of May 2020. Approximately 74 out of 95 (77.9%) of the residents experienced an impact to their training calendar. Prior to the pandemic, 51 residents (53.3%) were involved in 2-3 surgeries per week, but during the pandemic, 66 (69.5%) were attending 0-1 case per week. Fifty-three residents (55.8%) agreed that academic sessions were affected despite the helpful effort of online teaching sessions. Thirty-four (35.8%) residents graded their anxiety during COVID-19 times as high. Ten program directors (58.8%) confirmed spending 3-5 hours per week on educational activities normally, while during the pandemic, 15 PDs (88.2%) reduced their educational hours to 0-2 hours per week. Our study showed that educational activities significantly decreased and shifted towards virtual teaching methods. Operative volume showed a substantial reduction for both junior and senior residents. Academic and clinical teaching was the main concern for PDs, and they faced challenges interviewing newly matched residents.
【Author】 RazanAlmufarriji1, TurkiElarjani2, JamalAbdullah6, AbdullahAlobaid1, Abdulrahman Y.Alturki1, AbdulrahmanAldakkan3, AbdulrazagAjlan3, AhmedLary4, HosamAl Jehani5, MubarakAlgahtany7, SaadAlqahatani8, FahdAlsubaie1
【Keywords】 COVID-19, impact, neurosurgery, residency, training, COVID-19, corona virus disease 19, KFMC, King Fahad Medical City, PDs, Program directors, SARS-CoV-2, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2, ICUs, Intensive care units, KSA, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, GPA, Grade point average, OR, Operative room
【Journal】 World Neurosurgery(IF：1.7) Time：2021-07-27