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Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Surgical Residency Training: Perspective from a Low-Middle Income Country.

by Okon, Nwedobong Ededem.
Citation: World Journal of Surgery. 45(1):10-17, 2021 01.; .Journal: World journal of surgery.Published: 2021; ; ; ISSN: 0364-2313.Full author list: Adesunkanmi AO; Adesunkanmi ARK; Fasubaa OB; Ijarotimi OA; Ikimalo JI; Okon NE; Olasehinde O; Ubom AE; Wuraola FO.UI/PMID: 33118075.Subject(s): *COVID-19/ep [Epidemiology] | *Developing Countries/sn [Statistics & Numerical Data] | *General Surgery/ed [Education] | *Internship and Residency | *Pandemics | Adult | Cross-Sectional Studies | Elective Surgical Procedures/sn [Statistics & Numerical Data] | Emergency Service, Hospital/sn [Statistics & Numerical Data] | Female | Hospitals, University/sn [Statistics & Numerical Data] | Humans | Male | Nigeria/ep [Epidemiology] | Poverty | SARS-CoV-2 | Surgical Procedures, Operative/sn [Statistics & Numerical Data] | Surveys and QuestionnairesInstitution(s): MedStar Medical GroupActivity type: Journal Article.Medline article type(s): Journal ArticleOnline resources: Click here to access online Digital Object Identifier: (Click here) Abbreviated citation: World J Surg. 45(1):10-17, 2021 01; .Local Holdings: Available online from MWHC library: 1997 - present, Available in print through MWHC library: 1999 - 2006.Abstract: BACKGROUND: The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically impacted postgraduate training programmes worldwide. This study aims to evaluate the Nigerian situation with respect to surgical training, with a view to identifying gaps and proffering solutions.Abstract: CONCLUSION: The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected the clinical, research and teaching components of surgical training in Nigeria. It has, however, led to increased adoption of digital technology which should be further explored in the face of current realities.Abstract: METHODS: A cross-sectional survey of surgical residents in Nigeria was conducted between 27 July 2020 and 14 August 2020. A structured questionnaire designed using the free software Google Forms R was utilised for the study. The questionnaire was electronically distributed randomly to 250 surgical residents via emails and social media platforms including WhatsApp and Telegram. The data obtained was analysed by Google Forms R. Ethical approval for the study was obtained from the ethics and research unit of the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex (OAUTHC), Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria.Abstract: RESULTS: At the end of the study period, 207 surgical residents completed and submitted the questionnaire, giving a response rate of 82.8%. The majority of respondents reported a reduction (164, 79.2%) or cancellation (11, 5.3%) of postgraduate programmes in their institutions. Of those who had academic programmes, meetings were done using virtual technology in all instances. The majority of respondents reported seeing fewer patients in the outpatient clinics (173, 83.6%), as well as a reduction in the number of emergency and elective operations (58.5% and 90.8%, respectively). About a third of the respondents (70, 33.8%) were contemplating emigrating from the country.

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