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The Impact of COVID-19 on Job Prospects and Educational Training for Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellows.
J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2021 04 01; 72(4):514-519.JP

Abstract

OBJECTIVES

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected graduate medical education with redistribution of trainees, altered clinical care, and decreased research. For graduating trainees, there remains concern that financial stability of health systems will affect the availability of new positions and hiring practices. This survey aims to evaluate the pandemic's impact from pediatric gastroenterology fellows' perspectives.

METHODS

An anonymous survey was distributed by e-mail from June 11 to July 1, 2020 to all North American pediatric gastroenterology and advanced training fellows. The survey was tailored for the fellows' year of training including questions on education, clinical experience, research, and job outlook.

RESULTS

Of the 434 pediatric gastroenterology fellows, 145 completed the survey. Of all respondents, negative impact was reported in 52% on clinical training, 46% research projects, and 41% procedural confidence. A majority (93%) of third-year respondents had a job contract signed at the time of the survey; however, 18% of those contracts were subsequently altered with 5 respondents having job contracts rescinded due to hiring freezes. Fifty-four percent of first- and second-year fellow respondents reported concern regarding finding a job with the majority being second-year fellows (78%).

CONCLUSIONS

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the medical system and healthcare professionals. This survey identified significant impact on job acquisition for graduating pediatric gastroenterology fellows and other critical components of training, which are likely applicable to other pediatric trainees. The survey results raise questions about potential strategies to improve medical education and job search success for graduating trainees.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, Orlando, FL.Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, Orlando, FL. Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Rochester, MN.Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center/University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH.Children's Hospital Colorado/University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, Aurora, CO.Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center/University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH.Boston Children's Hospital, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Boston, MA.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

33399332

Citation

Irastorza, Laura E., et al. "The Impact of COVID-19 On Job Prospects and Educational Training for Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellows." Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, vol. 72, no. 4, 2021, pp. 514-519.
Irastorza LE, Hopson P, Ta A, et al. The Impact of COVID-19 on Job Prospects and Educational Training for Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellows. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2021;72(4):514-519.
Irastorza, L. E., Hopson, P., Ta, A., Kemme, S., Mallon, D., & Lee, C. K. (2021). The Impact of COVID-19 on Job Prospects and Educational Training for Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellows. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, 72(4), 514-519. https://doi.org/10.1097/MPG.0000000000003037
Irastorza LE, et al. The Impact of COVID-19 On Job Prospects and Educational Training for Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellows. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2021 04 1;72(4):514-519. PubMed PMID: 33399332.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The Impact of COVID-19 on Job Prospects and Educational Training for Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellows. AU - Irastorza,Laura E, AU - Hopson,Puanani, AU - Ta,Allison, AU - Kemme,Sarah, AU - Mallon,Daniel, AU - Lee,Christine K, PY - 2021/1/6/pubmed PY - 2021/3/27/medline PY - 2021/1/5/entrez SP - 514 EP - 519 JF - Journal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition JO - J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr VL - 72 IS - 4 N2 - OBJECTIVES: The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected graduate medical education with redistribution of trainees, altered clinical care, and decreased research. For graduating trainees, there remains concern that financial stability of health systems will affect the availability of new positions and hiring practices. This survey aims to evaluate the pandemic's impact from pediatric gastroenterology fellows' perspectives. METHODS: An anonymous survey was distributed by e-mail from June 11 to July 1, 2020 to all North American pediatric gastroenterology and advanced training fellows. The survey was tailored for the fellows' year of training including questions on education, clinical experience, research, and job outlook. RESULTS: Of the 434 pediatric gastroenterology fellows, 145 completed the survey. Of all respondents, negative impact was reported in 52% on clinical training, 46% research projects, and 41% procedural confidence. A majority (93%) of third-year respondents had a job contract signed at the time of the survey; however, 18% of those contracts were subsequently altered with 5 respondents having job contracts rescinded due to hiring freezes. Fifty-four percent of first- and second-year fellow respondents reported concern regarding finding a job with the majority being second-year fellows (78%). CONCLUSIONS: The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the medical system and healthcare professionals. This survey identified significant impact on job acquisition for graduating pediatric gastroenterology fellows and other critical components of training, which are likely applicable to other pediatric trainees. The survey results raise questions about potential strategies to improve medical education and job search success for graduating trainees. SN - 1536-4801 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/33399332/The_Impact_of_COVID_19_on_Job_Prospects_and_Educational_Training_for_Pediatric_Gastroenterology_Fellows_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1097/MPG.0000000000003037 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -