Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1302/2633-1462.15.BJO-2020-0019
Title: Sustaining a national surgical training programme during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Authors: Das De, Soumen
MARK EDWARD PUHAINDRAN 
Sechachalam, Sreedharan
Wong, Kevin Jian Hao
CHONG CHEW WEI 
Chin, Andrew Yuan Hui
Keywords: Core competencies
Covid-19
Hand Surgery
Resident education
Issue Date: May-2020
Publisher: British Editorial Society of Bone & Joint Surgery
Citation: Das De, Soumen, MARK EDWARD PUHAINDRAN, Sechachalam, Sreedharan, Wong, Kevin Jian Hao, CHONG CHEW WEI, Chin, Andrew Yuan Hui (2020-05). Sustaining a national surgical training programme during the COVID-19 pandemic.. Bone Jt Open 1 (5) : 98-102. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1302/2633-1462.15.BJO-2020-0019
Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted all segments of daily life, with the healthcare sector being at the forefront of this upheaval. Unprecedented efforts have been taken worldwide to curb this ongoing global catastrophe that has already resulted in many fatalities. One of the areas that has received little attention amid this turmoil is the disruption to trainee education, particularly in specialties that involve acquisition of procedural skills. Hand surgery in Singapore is a standalone combined programme that relies heavily on dedicated cross-hospital rotations, an extensive didactic curriculum and supervised hands-on training of increasing complexity. All aspects of this training programme have been affected because of the cancellation of elective surgical procedures, suspension of cross-hospital rotations, redeployment of residents, and an unsustainable duty roster. There is a real concern that trainees will not be able to meet their training requirements and suffer serious issues like burnout and depression. The long-term impact of suspending training indefinitely is a severe disruption of essential medical services. This article examines the impact of a global pandemic on trainee education in a demanding surgical speciality. We have outlined strategies to maintain trainee competencies based on the following considerations: 1) the safety and wellbeing of trainees is paramount; 2) resource utilization must be thoroughly rationalized; 3) technology and innovative learning methods must supplant traditional teaching methods; and 4) the changes implemented must be sustainable. We hope that these lessons will be valuable to other training programs struggling to deliver quality education to their trainees, even as we work together to battle this global catastrophe.
Source Title: Bone Jt Open
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/209484
ISSN: 2633-1462
DOI: 10.1302/2633-1462.15.BJO-2020-0019
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