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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the education and wellness of U.S. Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellows.
Paediatr Anaesth. 2021 03; 31(3):268-274.PA

Abstract

BACKGROUND

The global coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic caused state-wide shutdowns of elective surgical activities in March and April of 2020 forcing graduate medical education program directors and their trainees in the United States to quickly adapt to new rules and circumstances.

AIM

The aim of this study was to determine the effect of the current pandemic on pediatric anesthesiology fellow education and wellness nationally in order to guide creation of optimal support systems for fellows during the ongoing pandemic.

METHODS

In July 2020, an electronically distributed survey was sent to all United States-based pediatric anesthesiology fellowship program directors who were asked to distribute the survey to all current/graduating fellows.

RESULTS

A total of 75 out of 184 pediatric anesthesiology fellows (41%) responded to the survey. Major domains identified include reduction of clinical time, financial impact, mental health/wellness effects, and concerns about the overall quality of the fellowship educational experience. Respondents indicated that the pandemic has led to personal quarantine (and/or illness) leave time (21.3%), changes in finances (42.7%) and career opportunities (37.3%), decreased clinical education/experience (28%), and a dissatisfaction with the modified didactic experience (22.7%). In addition, a majority of respondents (97.3%) experienced increased stressors during this pandemic, including worry for family members (80%), stress due to changes in certifying examinations (76%), and fear of contracting COVID-19 from a patient (72%).

CONCLUSION

While the results of this survey are only one snapshot in time during an evolving pandemic, these results highlight important domains where program directors and other departmental leaders might focus limited resources to maximize the educational experiences and overall wellness for pediatric anesthesiology fellows.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA.Department of Anesthesiology, Children's Hospital Colorado, Aurora, CO, USA.Department of Anesthesiology Critical Care, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA.Department of Anesthesiology, Medical College of Wisconsin/Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, USA.Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Nemours / Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE, USA.Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

33341983

Citation

Shih, Grace, et al. "The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic On the Education and Wellness of U.S. Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellows." Paediatric Anaesthesia, vol. 31, no. 3, 2021, pp. 268-274.
Shih G, Deer JD, Lau J, et al. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the education and wellness of U.S. Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellows. Paediatr Anaesth. 2021;31(3):268-274.
Shih, G., Deer, J. D., Lau, J., Loveland Baptist, L., Lim, D. J., & Lockman, J. L. (2021). The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the education and wellness of U.S. Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellows. Paediatric Anaesthesia, 31(3), 268-274. https://doi.org/10.1111/pan.14112
Shih G, et al. The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic On the Education and Wellness of U.S. Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellows. Paediatr Anaesth. 2021;31(3):268-274. PubMed PMID: 33341983.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the education and wellness of U.S. Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellows. AU - Shih,Grace, AU - Deer,Jeremy D, AU - Lau,Jennifer, AU - Loveland Baptist,Lindsey, AU - Lim,Doyle J, AU - Lockman,Justin L, Y1 - 2021/01/18/ PY - 2020/09/23/received PY - 2020/12/10/revised PY - 2020/12/14/accepted PY - 2020/12/21/pubmed PY - 2020/12/21/medline PY - 2020/12/20/entrez KW - anesthesiology KW - education KW - graduate medical education KW - mental health KW - pandemics KW - training programs SP - 268 EP - 274 JF - Paediatric anaesthesia JO - Paediatr Anaesth VL - 31 IS - 3 N2 - BACKGROUND: The global coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic caused state-wide shutdowns of elective surgical activities in March and April of 2020 forcing graduate medical education program directors and their trainees in the United States to quickly adapt to new rules and circumstances. AIM: The aim of this study was to determine the effect of the current pandemic on pediatric anesthesiology fellow education and wellness nationally in order to guide creation of optimal support systems for fellows during the ongoing pandemic. METHODS: In July 2020, an electronically distributed survey was sent to all United States-based pediatric anesthesiology fellowship program directors who were asked to distribute the survey to all current/graduating fellows. RESULTS: A total of 75 out of 184 pediatric anesthesiology fellows (41%) responded to the survey. Major domains identified include reduction of clinical time, financial impact, mental health/wellness effects, and concerns about the overall quality of the fellowship educational experience. Respondents indicated that the pandemic has led to personal quarantine (and/or illness) leave time (21.3%), changes in finances (42.7%) and career opportunities (37.3%), decreased clinical education/experience (28%), and a dissatisfaction with the modified didactic experience (22.7%). In addition, a majority of respondents (97.3%) experienced increased stressors during this pandemic, including worry for family members (80%), stress due to changes in certifying examinations (76%), and fear of contracting COVID-19 from a patient (72%). CONCLUSION: While the results of this survey are only one snapshot in time during an evolving pandemic, these results highlight important domains where program directors and other departmental leaders might focus limited resources to maximize the educational experiences and overall wellness for pediatric anesthesiology fellows. SN - 1460-9592 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/33341983/The_impact_of_the_COVID_19_pandemic_on_the_education_and_wellness_of_U_S__Pediatric_Anesthesiology_Fellows_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/pan.14112 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -
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